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Each year, the City of Albany Human Relations Commission recognizes individuals and organizations or businesses in Albany that have worked to strengthen connections within Albany’s diverse community by being committed to the philosophy of inclusion, equal opportunity, and fair treatment for all residents of Albany, and by promoting harmonious relations among the citizens of Albany.

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Previous winners and runners-up

YearPresentedIndividualOrganization / Business


September 23, 2020, City Council meeting Joann Zimmer   Jenny Oryshchyn No Dinx 

Prelude Sinfonia 


May 22, 2019, City Council meeting Elizabeth Pakravan  Patricia Kenyon,
Sue Goodman,
Tammy Skubinna 
South Albany Community Church Family Tree Relief Nursery,
Albany Antique Mall 


May 9, 2018, City Council meeting Barbara Doolan and Nancy Greenman None Sybaris Bistro None


April 26, 2017, City Council meeting Dania Samudio and Keith Kolkow None Ochoa’s Queseria None


February 10, 2016, City Council meeting Pat Loy Buzz Wheeler, Sandy Roberts, and Peter & Sue Goodman C.A.R.E – Community Action for Racial Equity Sanctuary Stage at LBCC and The Welcome Center of GAPS8j
  Nonprofit Organization/Nonprofit Business


March 11, 2015, City Council meeting Jim Lawrence None Linn Benton Hispanic Advisory Committee Albany Historic Carousel & Museum


January 22, 2014, City Council meeting Annette Hobbs Don Albright and Gordon Kirbey Christmas Storybook Land FISH of Albany


January 23, 2013, City Council meeting Miao Zhao None None


January 25, 2012, City Council meeting Sharon Gisler None None


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Member & Staff Manual

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