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Treska Yasmine Wilson-Smith was born on November 2, 1952. Her parents are the late Oneil Howard and Delores Clarke Wilson. Treska was born in Chestertown Maryland, Kent County, home of her father. When Treska was an infant, the family moved back to Petersburg, Va. where Treska was raised.
Treska is a product of the Petersburg Public School System, transferring from Peabody High in her Senior Year to Petersburg High School marking the end of a segregated school system. She is a graduate of Virginia State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude in the field of Social Work.
Treska is known for her humanitarian efforts in the city of Petersburg. She has been supporting the school system since the days that her children were enrolled. She once picketed in front of city hall alone, with a sign that read, “Give More of the Dollar to the Petersburg Scholar’. She solicited city council for funding for various programs for school children. She worked tirelessly for 16 years promoting school uniforms. She also pushed for year round schools in the city.
Treska is a three term, 10 year member of the Petersburg City Council, spending her first six years as the only female voice. Treska has authored several policies, established the Citizenry Committee, the Citizens Academy 101, and the ‘Your Voice is My Voice’ program where she can review and discuss local issues with her ward. Treska makes rounds in her ward talking with citizens and noting their concerns. She organized one of the largest ever job fairs in the city, and has worked with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. to establish the first ever Children’s Back to School Health Fair. The Anti-Poverty Commission is her project creation and she looks forward to the commission having an impact on the level of poverty in Petersburg.
Treska has been appointed to the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) 2019 Human Development & Education Policy Committee. She is a member of the National League of Cities,(NLC) the Women in Municipal Government(WMIG) and a member of the Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized.
Because Treska was the only female on council for six years, issues involving women have been very important to her. She partnered with SRMC and co- created the Pink Parties in the city working to make sure that female city employees got mammograms. She reached out to other elected women officials to work together towards the state of Virginia naming a holiday named after a woman and created Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things in an effort to honor ‘everyday women.’
Treska has been honored by several organizations, to include, but not limited to:
2006 Recipient of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Educational Award
2008 Recipient, Girl Scouts Pearls of Legacy & Promise Award by the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council
2012 UnSung Heroes Award by Metropolitan Baptist Church
2013 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Community Pearl, finer Womanhood Program
2014 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Outstanding Community Service in Political Awareness
2015 Recipient of Elected Women of Excellence Award by the National Foundation of Women
2018 Honored by Zion for VSU day
2020 Honored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Treska has and is involved in many community projects, to include, but, not limited to:
Ø Founding member, Petersburg Advocates for Children (PAC)
Ø Past Chair, Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Petersburg
Ø Former Girl Scout Service Unit Director
Ø Former Cub Scout Master
Ø Former member of the National Association Negro Business and Professional Women
Ø Former Member of the City-Wide PTA
Ø Past chair of the National Children's Day Celebration
Ø Former Member of the Tri-Cities Chapter of The Continental Society, Inc.
Ø Girl Scout Coordinator for the Girl Scouts at Zion Baptist Church
Treska is active in several ministries in her home church, Zion Baptist to include, The Health and Wellness Ministry, the Drama Ministry and the Women’s Ministry. She enjoys reading, crocheting, writing poetry, short stories and plays
The pride of her life is her family. She is married to Larry Akin Smith and together they have 5 children: Jasmine, Jon, Kendall, Kamau and Jumeye.They have 17 grandchildren: Taylor, Jamilah, Brandon, Stephen, Jon Jr., Ashley, KJ, Shania, Heaven, Gabriella, Madison, Janiya, PJ, Kaleb, Kendall, Kennedi, and Danielle.They have 6 great grandchildren: Aubree, Avery, Kaiden, Liam, Austin, Amyra and Lyfe.