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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Spirit of Portland Awards

December 14, 2016

Last night, Nick was honored to celebrate outstanding community partners at the 2016 Spirit of Portland Awards.

Every year, Nick awards one individual and one organization making a difference in our community. This year, he recognized Principal Tamala Newsome of Rosa Parks Elementary School and local non-profit Vanport Mosaic.

Tamala’s passion and dedication for children’s academic success goes beyond the classroom. She has developed strong community partnerships, and played a key role in designing and building the new Rosa Parks Elementary School in North Portland. And in 2004, she won the Milken Educator Award – which is given to America’s best educators.

The city of Vanport was once Oregon’s second largest city. Its large African-American population was displaced in 1948 after massive flooding. Vanport Mosaic keeps this important part of our history alive by sharing the stories and experiences of Vanport residents through arts and education.

Nick also presented awards to the August Wilson Red Door Project and to his friend Paul Lumley, Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center.

Paul is a leader on environmental and tribal issues. The August Wilson Red Door Project was honored for its work using the arts to put Portland’s history—and future—with race and ethnicity in the spotlight. Their free performances of Hands Up have engaged audiences throughout our community.

Congratulations to all of last night’s honorees! You are the true spirit of Portland. 

From left to right: Phillip Hillaire, Nick, and Paul Lumley Presenting Paul Lumley with the Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year Award
Vanport Mosaic leadership receives their award Nick with Reiko Williams, Principal of Sabin Elementary School