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April 30, 2010 > Everybody Counts!

Everybody Counts!

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Lingxia Meng

Over the past 38 years, the Office of Human Relations has been committed to protecting human and civil rights of Santa Clara County residents. Every year, the Office recognizes individuals and organizations for their contribution to this effort.

The Annual Human Relations Awards honor individuals and organizations that are dedicated to advancing human and civil rights in Santa Clara County and beyond. "Everybody Counts!" is this year's theme that highlights the importance of all citizens' participation in the civil rights process. As said by Eleanor Roosevelt, "the destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities."

Awards were presented on April 22 at a dinner at the Wyndham Hotel, San Jose. This year's recipients are:

Jim McEntee Sr., Lifetime Achievement Award
Elisa Marina Alvarado, Teatro Vision. Director's Award
Father Jon Pedigo, Saint Julies Parish, Human Relations Commission Award of Special Recognition
Rosa Ruiz, Grail Family Services. Board of Supervisors Award
Judge Stephen Manley, Superior Court of Santa Clara County; Andre V. Champman, Union Care Group, Inc.; Ven. Jian Hu, Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale; Ann Brownell, Amanda Network Anti-Bullying Campaign; The Challenge Team of Mountain View/Los Altos.

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