Longtime Venice resident DeDe Audet, a community activist and past president of the Venice Neighborhood Council, was recently recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as a “True Angel.”

The mayor’s True Angels program honors men and women from throughout the city for their work as volunteers. Audet was selected for her many years of dedicated community service, a spokeswoman for the mayor said.

A graduate of Venice High School, Audet served on the Venice Town Council during the late 1960s and 1970s. After retiring in 1984, Audet and her husband, Earle, moved to Spain for a couple of years.

Following the death of Earle in 2002, DeDe became active with the Venice Neighborhood Council, serving two terms as president. She has also been involved with the city, serving on the Community Advisory Planning Committee that advised former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.

Audet is currently the neighborhood council’s representative to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power committee and represents the advisory council on the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition.