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OCHLA Awardees for the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans and Nuestra Familia recognitions announced


Columbus: The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA) announced the selected awardees for recognitions for 2008 during its monthly meeting. 


OCHLA is an organization that advises state government on issues affecting Latino Ohioans, connects the diverse Latino communities across the state, and builds the capacity of community organizations so they may better serve its fast growing Latino population. 


On April 18, 2008, ten Latino leaders will be bestowed the honor, along with three non-Latino individuals or organizations that have done their utmost in supporting and contributing to the Latino community in Ohio.

Sonia Troche and Victor Leandry

The Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award has been a part of Ohio Latino Affairs for nearly 30 years, tracing back its history to the Distinguished Service Awards of the Commission in the early 1980's.

Each spring, commissioners award the "DHO" to Latinos in Ohio for their exemplary service, and the “Nuestra Familia” Award to non-Ohioans or non-Latinos who have in some way made a beneficial impact to the Hispanic community in Ohio.


2008 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans

Sonia Troche, Toledo

Victor Leandry, Lorain

Gilbert Silva, Amherst

Councilman Joe Santiago, Cleveland                   

Maria Cruz-Lucio, Findlay
Jason Riveiro, Cincinnati            

Juan José Pérez, Columbus

Wanda Canales, Centerville                   

Tony Ortiz, Beavercreek                                                

Guadalupe Velásquez, Columbus           


2008 Nuestra Familia Recipients

Reverend William A. Thaden, Lorain

Mr. Tracy Nichols, Cleveland

Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Columbus


An Award Gala to present the recognitions is scheduled for April 18th, 2008 at 6:30 pm. The event, which is open to the entire community, takes place at the Renaissance Hotel, Third and Gay Streets, Downtown Columbus. The cost for dinner $50 per person, with a reception starting promptly at 5:30pm, followed by the Program and Dinner at 6:30 pm


For information regarding reservations and tickets, please contact 614-466-8333 or email: [email protected] 


Further details about the Awardees can be found at http://ochla.ohio.gov after Friday, March 21st, 2008.


DHO Award Winner Profiles.pdf

Nuestra Familia Award Recipient Profiles..pdf





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