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Last night, Nick was honored to speak at the Asian Health & Service Center’s (AHSC) Annual Gala in Southeast Portland.
AHSC opened its doors in 1983 in the basement of the Chinese Presbyterian Church. Since then, the non-profit has grown into one of the largest healthcare providers in the Portland area that specializes in culturally-specific care for our Asian and Asian-American communities.
With the support and partnership of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, the new AHSC Cancer Research and Support Center will expand their care by reaching more people who are battling cancer, with an emphasis on Asian American older adults. This is yet another example of how AHSC serves our community and makes Portland a better place.
Special thanks to the Board Chair Dr. Erik Szeto, CEO Holden Leung, my dear friend Lou Savage, and the entire ASHC family for their dedication and commitment to bettering the community.
Tuesday night, Nick was honored to celebrate outstanding Portlanders at the 2019 Spirit of Portland Awards.
Every year, Nick selects an individual to receive an award. This year, he honored Renee Mitchell. Renee is a longtime community leader, artist, and teacher; a domestic and sexual abuse survivor and advocate; and a social justice champion.
Renee is perhaps best known for her 10 years at The Oregonian, where she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for her twice-weekly Metro columns. Renee also organized Portland’s first conference of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Today, Renee heads her own company, Renee Mitchell Speaks, where she weaves together her love of writing, performance, and the arts to positively impact our community. She is the also the Founder and Director of Spit/WRITE, a youth writing, performance, and mentoring initiative. She also serves on Portland Parks and Recreation’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Community Advisory Committee.
You can see the complete list of recipients here.
Congratulations to all of last night’s honorees!