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Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award Recipient Announced!

by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, March 15, 2019



Contact: Becky Rogan, Chair of the Human Rights Commission:

Kristine Bosley, Human Rights Commission Staff: 922-4481

Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award

March 18, 2019

Traverse City will be presenting the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award on Monday, March 18, 2019.  A celebration will take place at 6 p.m. in the second floor training room, with the award presentation at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, Second Floor of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue.

This year’s recipient is Sally Van Vlleck who is one of the originators for the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council and has directed the Neahtawanta Research and Education enter.

Sally Van Vleck was referred to as a “Champion of Human Rights” and a guardian of Mother Earth. Her work on community resilience, non-violent communication, anti-racism, and environmental sustainability. This year’s recipient has made a positive impact on our community and is especially deserving of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award.

Sara Hardy, a longtime resident, through her courageous and determined actions gave birth to the concept of a Human Rights organization in her community. Her conduct and professionalism exemplifies the philosophies and ideals of the Human Rights Commission to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices.

This award recognizes Sara Hardy’s contributions to the community by honoring an individual who exemplifies the Human Rights Commission’s ideals. The recipient of this award is selected by the Traverse City Human Rights Commission. We want to encourage the citizens of the Traverse City area to join with us in recognizing the contributions made by this deserving individual in the promotion of human rights.