Last Friday, the Office of Equity recognized Bureau of Transportation staff for their work with the immigrant and refugee community. Ronna Seavey, Abra McNair, and Janis McDonald received the We Are Portland award because of their work on Portland Sunday Parkways, the Pre-employment Training Program at IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization), and translations of the bike/walk maps into Arabic, Burmese, Nepali, Somali, and Russian.
Polo Catalani of the Office of Equity and Human Rights says “Portland Bureau of Transportation has terrific momentum. Indeed our city is envied nationally for thoughtful urban transportation.
Everyone knows aboutPortland's Sunday Parkways' terrific public appeal and solid community health outcomes. We need these benefits flowing through our under-served parts of town too.
This award recognizes people and programs modeling a kinder and more sustainable distribution of the burdens and benefits of living in Portland. We Are Portland awards are for making a bigger and better Us.”
For more info please see http://www.portlandonline.com/humanrelations/index.cfm?c=50432.
(Pictured back row left to right: Afifa Ahmed-Shafi, Office of Neighborhood Involvement; Desiree Williams-Rajee, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Ronna Seavey, Bureau of Transportation; Abra McNair, Bureau of Transportation; Stephanie Routh, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition; front row: Janis McDonald, Bureau of Transportation)