Firefighters Elizabeth Thompson, Stephanie Adams, Lisa Knight, Irene Concepcion, and Christine Pezzulo
Wednesday afternoon at Portland’s City Hall, employees and groups from a wide range of City of Portland’s bureaus were recognized for the critical role they have played in initiating and sustaining change within their bureau and the Portland community.
Each year, the City of Portland recognizes and honors employees and employee groups that make outstanding contributions to diversity development and inclusion in the City of Portland. The awards are made by the Portland City Council at a regular council meeting.
Female Portland Firefighters Stephanie Adams, Irene Concepcion, Lisa Knight, Christine Pezzulo, and Elizabeth Thompson were presented awards for developing and implementing an annual three-day firefighter camp for young women ages 16 to 19. Stephanie, Irene, Lisa, Christine, and Elizabeth make up the Fire Camp’s Board of Directors, and have been responsible for the past two years for working tirelessly to coordinate meaningful opportunities for young women to try firefighting through hands-on training alongside women firefighters from the Portland metro area.
"Our mission with Fire Camp is to encourage strong young women to seriously consider fire service as a career option by building confidence, encouraging teamwork, and eliminating stereotypes,” Firefighter Lisa Knight noted. “Firefighting is a challenging but rewarding career. We want the young women who attend the camp to go back to their homes and communities enthusiastic about this career possibility and let their community know what they’ve learned and how their experience can make us all stronger as a community.”
To learn more about the annual Diversity Champions Awards and the other award winners, visit http://www.portlandonline.com/omf/index.cfm?c=47467&.