2001-10-25 Grand Haven Tribune Harrison earns Michigan Counseling Association Diversity Award

Harrison earns Michigan Counseling Association Diversity Award
Grand Haven Tribune

The Michigan counseling Association, a 2,000 member organization of counseling processionals form 15 chapters throughout the state, awarded Gail Harrison the distinguished Diversity Award at the MCA Fall Conference Oct. 22 in Traverse City. Harrison was nominated for her efforts to foster racial inclusion in the Ottawa County area.

She is a founder and the current executive director of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance. LEDA has been the sponsor of many projects in the area, including the Ottawa Area Summit on Racism, the Calling All colors Race Unity conference, the Migrant Mentoring Program, an various other racial justice programs.

Upon accepting the award, Harrison said, “The success of our work comes from the belief that everyone must be invited to the table if we are ever to succeed in healing racism. We, as individuals, as communities and as a nation, must all join the effort to eradicate racism and promote diversity.”

The Diversity Award is one of three Distinguished Awards granted annually from the Michigan Counseling Association. Harrison is the third recipient of the Diversity Award in the MCA history. “On behalf of the many individuals that have joined together on this journey to heal racism in our community, I humbly accept this coveted award,” Harrison said.

The MCA provides support, connection, communication and networking between counseling professionals throughout the state. “The LEDA Board is extremely proud of Gail Harrison. This diversity award recognizes her tireless efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in all segments of the community. She is a catalyst for positive and meaningful change in West Michigan whose inspiration has mobilized countless persons to become actively involved in addressing diversity issues,” said David Rhem, president of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance board of directors.