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Last night, Nick was honored to share his cancer story at a preview and fundraiser for an important new documentary called The Patient.
The documentary tells the story of several patients living with cancer, and is designed to be a resource for cancer survivors and their family and friends. The Patient offers a deep and holistic understanding of what it means to live with a chronic illness. It follows several cancer patients through their fears and joys, new friendships and rekindled family bonds, and daily challenges.
The documentary was made in Portland and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jon Garcia.
Nick shared his personal journey with cancer and several lessons he’s learned over the past 20 months.
Special thanks to Caroline Fitchett for organizing the screening, Dan Coates for emceeing, Bill and Diane McLean for their support of the film, and the many people – both in front of and behind the camera – who made the film possible.
This morning, Nick was honored to speak at the inaugural Age-Friendly Business Awards ceremony.
The award ceremony celebrated public-spirited local businesses who take the extra step to be age-friendly. Congratulations to all of the honorees!
After the ceremony, Council proclaimed October 31st to be Age-Friendly Business Day.
Many of Portland’s local businesses are certified Age-Smart Employers that embrace age-diversity and create workplaces that value equity, inclusiveness, and intergenerational respect.
In 2011, Portland was the first U.S. city to be certified by the World Health Organization as Age-Friendly, and we’re proud to continue to be a global leader in creating communities for people of all ages and abilities.
Special thanks to our community partners, including Portland State University’s Age-Friendly Cities Project, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, Venture Portland, and to the community leaders who spoke at Council today – including Barbara Bernstein from Elders in Action, Heather Hoell from Venture Portland, Joyce DeMonnin from AARP, and Dr. Margaret Neal from Portland State University.
This afternoon, Nick was honored to be a panelist for a discussion hosted by The Intertwine Alliance called “Investing in Nature.” The panelists discussed how to increase equity and investments in parks, trails, and natural areas in the Portland region.
Executive Director Warren Jimenez served as moderator. The other panelists were Metro Council President Lynn Peterson; Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Board Director Felicita Monteblanco.
The Intertwine Alliance is a regional coalition of public, non-profit, and private organizations in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region.
• Increasing our urban tree canopy
• Creating salmon sanctuaries
• Investing in green infrastructure like bioswales
• Working to convert brownfields into productive use
Nick also highlighted some challenges – including how to generate more money in the region for parks and nature, especially operations and maintenance dollars, and the continued need to invest in underserved parts of our community.
Today, Council honored Dr. James Lawson with a proclamation.
Dr. Lawson was an architect of the Civil Rights movement, a dear friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a mentor to U.S. Representative John Lewis.
He was joined by a panel including Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee of the Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church and PSU student Carolyn Johnson-Evans.
Dr. Lawson is speaking at PSU tonight. You can find more information here.