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Posted on: October 11, 2016

[ARCHIVED] City to recognize individuals and groups that champion diversity

The Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee is currently seeking nominations of individuals and businesses that champion diversity for its ninth annual Diversity Distinction Awards to be presented during the City Council’s Dec. 6 meeting.

Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 and can be made by filling out the Diversity Distinction Award Nomination Form online at or by calling Community Relations at 586-446-2470.

Nominees should either be Sterling Heights residents, or businesses or corporations doing business in the city.

To be considered for the prestigious honor, individual nominees should demonstrate appreciation and acceptance of all cultures in his or her every day functions.

Businesses nominated should:
• Recruit, retain and advance people of various ethnicities
• Incorporate workplace diversity into corporate goals and/or performance measures
• Show a commitment to diversity through philanthropic contributions

According to the Ethnic Community Committee, the Diversity Distinction Awards were initiated to recognize the good works of those in the community. Last year, the committee honored Carmen Bordea, William Dechavez, Oras Yono, Maatouk Bakery and Max's Deli. The committee has bestowed the award on 32 individuals and 30 organizations since 2008.

“As a committee, we recognize that community members do so much to further understanding and respect among the many cultures and ethnicities that call the city of Sterling Heights home,” said Ethnic Community Committee Chairman Shawn Taylor. “Our residents help to make Sterling Heights on of the safest cities in Michigan, one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan and one of the most welcoming cities in Michigan. It is most appropriate that the individuals’ and organizations’ efforts be recognized by the mayor, city council, ethnic community committee and fellow residents. ”

The eleven-member Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee was formed in 1990. Its goals include developing understanding and improving the communication among diverse races and ethnic groups in the city.
For more information, call (586) 446-2470.

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