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Nominations for the 2009 Governor's Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards are available
In 1980, in fulfillment of the mandate to “secure appropriate recognition of the accomplishments of Hispanic/Latino people to this state,” Ohio Revised Code §121.32 (B), the Ohio Commission of Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA) began presenting Hispanic Service Awards, which later became the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award.

Every year, Latino community leaders, friends, and family gather to meet in Columbus to celebrate the annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans Gala, along with legislators, and other representatives of state government, including the Office of the Governor.

Public nominations are now being welcomed and encouraged to share more broadly the special and unique distinction conferred by OCHLA upon those who serve and strive to make a better Ohio for all.

OCHLA confers two different awards: the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan and the Nuestra Familia Awards:

DHO Award: Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan nominees must be or should have:
Latino/a ancestry;

An individual with at least two years of community service whose contributions under consideration for this award are above and beyond one's job duties, obligations, or of exceptional benefit to Ohioans;

Ties with a Latino community organization;

An Ohio resident, or performed service of great, tangible benefit to Ohioans;

Of good character and community standing, exhibiting leadership.

Nuestra Familia Award: Nuestra Familia Award nominees must be or should have:
Of ancestry that is NOT Latino;

An individual, company, or other type of organization;

At least two years of community service;

An Ohio-based person or group, or performed service of exceptional benefit to LATINO Ohioans;

Of good character and community standing, exhibiting leadership.

This year's awards gala is scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2009, at the University Plaza Hotel in Columbus.






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