Sally Wong Avery was led to study law as a result of her dedication to community and desire to serve others. After law school, she served as the Executive Director of the Chinese Service Center of San Diego. There, she spent countless hours helping thousands of newly arrived immigrants and monolingual seniors settle into San Diego and find jobs. Then, she also served as advisor to numerous Chinese and Asian community organizations. She was also the first elected woman President of the Chinese Benevolent organizations, one of San Diego’s oldest Chinese community organizations dedicated to preserving and educating the public about Chinese history and culture. To help preserve San Diego’s Chinese heritage, she also co-founded the Chinese Historical Society with her dear friend and mentor, the late Ms. Dorothy Hom in 1985. Serving the Chinese community and preserving the Chinese culture and history have remained tantamount to Sally’s life. It is for these reasons that she is being inducted into the San Diego County Hall of Fame as a Bridge Builder.
16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.