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Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Spirit of Portland Awards

  • 2017 Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony

  • 2017 Spirit of Portland Award Ceremony Blessing Honor song and Drumming by All Nation Drum from NARA

  • Spirit of Portland 2017 Awards Ceremony

  • Spirit of Portland Awards on PCM Portland Community Media broadcasting the Ceremony live

Contact: Marco Mejia, 503-823-3093 

City of Portland Announces 2017 Spirit of Portland Award Recipients

PORTLAND, OR – The Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Portland invite you to join them as they recognize and celebrate the 33rd Annual 2017 Spirit of Portland Awards winners.

 The awards ceremony will be on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8:30pm. It will take place at IRCO’s community center (10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220). 


“This annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland’s most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues. This year also we are recognizing those Standing Up for Love against Hate”.                                                 
Chloe Eudaly - Commissioner

The awardees are as follows, in each of their respective categories:

Outstanding Individual and Organization Leadership Awards:

  • Community Leader of the Year: Terrance Moses, Lisha Shrestha, and Surya Joshi
  • Young Leader of the Year: Alisha Zhao
  • Elder Leader of the Year: Grace G.M. Eagle Reed
  • City Employee of the Year: Rick Best   
  • Community Group/Organization of the Year: Trauma Intervention Program (T.I.P.)
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award: Rebekah Albert
  • Equity in Practice Partnership of the Year: EPNO Mobile Playgrounds Team
  • Access and Disability Justice Award: Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
  • Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year:  Nestor Campos


Individual and Organization Awards from Council

  • Mayor Ted Wheeler: Rick Nitti and Unite Oregon
  • Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: Kathleen Saadat and The Raging Grannies
  • Commissioner Amanda Fritz: Katrina Holland and Good in the Hood
  • Commissioner Nick Fish: Wajdi Said and Rania Ayoub (Muslim Education Trust) and Sexual & 
  • Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)
  • Commissioner Dan Saltzman: Jennifer Young (Lents Neighborhood Association) and Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Incident Management Team & Interagency groups deployed to contain and assist with the Eagle Creek Fire

Past Winners: 1985 - 2017

Previous winners of the Spirit of Portland Awards from 1985 through 2017

2016 Spirit of Portland Nomination Forms

Nomination forms for 2016 Spirit of Portland awards.

Spirit of Portland 2015 Awardees

Award recipients for 2015 Spirit of Portland awards

2017 Spirit of Portland Press Release

2017 SOP Press Release PDF