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County seeks local candidates for Humanitarian of the Year

 

Contra Costa County officials are looking for San Ramon Valley nominees for the county's Humanitarian of the Year and Student Humanitarian of the Year, awards handed out by the Board of Supervisors each January in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The annual awards seek to honor local community and student leaders whose dedication to others embodies the essence and spirit of King, county officials said.

The nomination deadline is this Tuesday at 10 p.m., with county officials putting out a late push for San Ramon Valley involvement as no local candidates have been nominated to date, county communications and media director Betsy Burkhart said Monday morning.

The award winners will be honored as part of the county's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ceremony Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chamber, 651 Pine St. in Martinez. A complimentary buffet lunch will follow the event.

Last year's Humanitarian of the Year was Bishop Edwina Perez-Santiago, who has worked to help previously incarcerated women transition back into their communities. Among her signature efforts was recently opening Naomi's House, a first-of-its-kind transitional home in North Richmond for formerly incarcerated women and their young children, county officials noted.

Heritage High School graduate Tyler Page earned the 2015 Student Humanitarian of the Year. Now a college student, Page has spent much of his young life raising money and awareness for children less fortunate than himself, whether in his own community or abroad to combat human trafficking in Ghana, county officials said.

To look back on previous award celebration videos or to submit a nomination for this year's honors, visit the county website.

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