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CHAC joins other Coconino County Diversity Councils during Downtown Flagstaff 2019 Holiday Parade of Lights

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FLAGSTAFF — Dozens of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, public safety and other agencies took part in the 2019 Vora Financial Holiday Parade of Lights, held Dec. 14 in downtown Flagstaff.

Joining the parade this year were members of the Coconino County Tri-Diversity Council, which includes the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC), the Inter-tribal Advisory Council and the African American Advisory Council.

 

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CHAC honors Purple Heart recipients, community and student leaders at 2019 César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast

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FLAGSTAFF— Area Purple Heart recipients and their family members received a well-deserved community recognition, while a representative from the Cesar Chavez Foundation recounted the organization’s past while outlining the steps to share the vision César E. Chávez to a new generation, during the fifth annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast held Friday, March 29, 2019 at American Legion Mark A. Moore Post No. 3, Flagstaff.

The celebration, which drew a record audience of 150-plus commuity members, dignitaries and elected officials, was presented by the Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC).

Purple Heart recipients honored during the event included Daniel M. Bernardo, Lance Davison, Clory Duran, Miguel Eugene Garcia, Joseph Hudson, Marc. A Hunter, Lori Ann Piestewa, Simon A. Sandoval Jr., Tom G. Urias and Guadalupe Velasco Jr.

Bill Barquin, chair of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and chief operating officer for the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Communications Fund and its flagship program — Radio Compesina, served as keynote speaker. Barquinhas been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a 40 under 40 Leader in Arizona, as well as a recipient of the Univision Communications “40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders in Arizona” and Cox Communication’s Hispanic Leader of Arizona.

The celebration also included the presentation of the Community Life Time Award presented to the memory of Robert A. Reyes, a U.S. Navy veteran who passed away on Dec. 31, 2018. “Bobby” was a past State Commander of the American Legion and retired in 2014 as the Post Adjutant.

The 2019 Community Leadership Award was presented to Joe Gutierrez, who has been a principal at Killip Elementary School in Sunnyside for 24 years. Student awards were presented to Omar Gomez, a senior at Northern Arizona University and David Joseph Melendez-Salgado, also a senior at Northern Arizona University.

Planning is already under way for the 2020 celebration. CHAC also plans to honor other area Purple Heart recipients at its future monthly meetings. Recipients or their family members should provide contact information to Susan Garretson at sgarretson@coconino.az.gov

 

CHAC celebrates variety of events in December

FLAGSTAFF — Members of the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) participated in a number of events in December as 2018 came to a close.

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CHAC members joined the Inter-Tribal Advisory Council and the African-American Advisory Council for the final Tri-Diversity Council meeting of the year on Dec. 12 at the Coconino County Board of Supervisors board room. Photo by Ruth Eaton.

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CHAC members participated, above and below, at the Northern Arizona University “Lumberjacks of Inclusion” ceremony held Dec. 13 at the High Country Conference Center.

“Similar to a convocation ceremony, Lumberjacks of Inclusion brings together and honors graduating students from all ethnic, cultural, identity, service and experiential backgrounds,” the university reported in a media release. “In this unique event, all students will celebrate together with shared performances, convocation ceremonies and special refreshments.” Photos above and below by Ruth Eaton.

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The Coconino County Tri-Diversity Councils and Southside Community Association presented a 2018 Community Holiday Party on Dec. 15 at the Murdoch Community Center in Flagstaff. Photo above by Ruth Eaton.

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The Coconino County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18, 2018, recognize members of the Coconino County Tri-Diversity Councils and Coconino County employees, below, for their participation in the 2018 Flagstaff Holiday Lights Parade. Photo above by Photo by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018 AmigosNAZ.com. Photo below by Ruth Eaton.

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Members of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approve the nomination of Ruth Eaton for a two-year term as chair on the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) during a ceremony held on Dec. 18, 2018. Photo above by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018 AmigosNAZ.com

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