2007-12-23 Holland Sentinel "Tutoring program, diversity in business earn honors"

Tutoring program, diversity in business earn honors
Staff Report
The Holland Sentinel

Wayne, Ruth Coleman, James Brooks earn Social Justice Awards

The Holland Human Relations Commission recently selected five recipients for its ninth annual Human Relations Social Justice Awards for 2007.

The Social Justice Awards recognize programs and individuals that provide exemplary service to the community and promote equality opportunity and social justice.
The award recipients will be honored at the city council meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 with a reception.

The recipients are:
  • Education: Wayne and Ruth Coleman for their dedication and work with the Learning Enhancement Achievement Program providing tutoring for middle school students and for their coordination of the annual African-American Juneteenth Celebration.
  • Employment: The Holland Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition for its continued efforts to support the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s Institute for Healing Racism and for their continued efforts to promote equal employment opportunity and diversity among their members.
  • Government and Community Relations: James W. F. Brooks for his support of projects that advance racial reconciliation, promote intercultural harmony, strengthen business networking opportunity and promote diversity in our community.
  • Housing: The Ottawa Area Housing Coalition for its efforts to prevent homelessness in Ottawa County and for its annual fundraising event, Soup for All, to support housing agencies involved in preventing homelessness.
  • Youth: The Holland High School’s American Sign Language Club for its efforts to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing students while creating awareness and educating the hearing community.