for Hispanic Involvement
Margarita Galindo, who was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, has been a Vincentian since 2004, when she became one of the founding members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference, which is the only Spanish speaking Conference in the San Diego Diocese. The Conference conducts all business in Spanish to better serve the mostly Latin/Hispanic community. Since joining the Society, she has served two terms (six years) as Conference president, one year as Conference secretary, and is currently serving as the Conference’s first vice president. She is also the vice president of the SVdP “St. Joseph the Worker” San Diego District Council.
For the last six years, Margarita has been training Vincentians in Spanish, often travelling to different areas of the Western United States, to help fellow Latin/Hispanic Vincentians grow in their understanding of the Rule, vision and mission of the Society.
“I was honored when I was invited to become a member of the National Ad Hoc Committee on Multicultural/Diversity Issues and Initiatives.” Margarita said when she became part of the committee in 2007. Now, she is excited to serve as a second vice-president for the National Council, “I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve the Society in another way.”
Margarita has been a catechist for students with special needs for the last 18 years, preparing them for the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. She has also been part of Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Church Counsel, and a volunteer for the SDOP (San Diego Organizing Project) which is part of the National Organization of PICO. This organization assists communities to help themselves with their own local problems and issues and working with their community leaders to change and resolve those problems.
Margarita graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana in 1973, with a degree in Industrial Relations.
Before immigrating to the United States, she worked in human resources for the Mexico National Social Security Office for 13 years. She became a U.S. citizen in 1986 and was soon employed by the Sweetwater School District in Chula Vista, CA as an instructional health care assistant. She worked with severely mentally and physically challenged students, and had a very fulfilling career. She retired from the school district in 2011, in order to spend more time with her family and dedicate more time and energy to her Vincentian calling.
In 1973, she married Alfonso Galindo, and they have been blessed with two wonderful children; Alfonso Jr. and Lizza. Lizza and her husband are the parents of two beautiful children; Alex and Erika.