Mayor Menino Announces 2012 We Are Boston Gala Awardees
One community, two youth and one corporate leader chosen for outstanding commitment to advocating for diversity
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For Immediate Release
November 13, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his Office of New Bostonians (ONB) today announced the recipients of the seventh annual We Are Boston Gala Awards, honoring individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions in promoting Boston’s rich diversity and fostering the full integration of New Bostonians in all aspects of life in Boston.

“These award winners demonstrate the many ways in which individuals and businesses can help to celebrate Boston’s diversity and immigrant contributions every single day,” said Mayor Menino. “Their commitment to nurturing open dialogue and promoting cultural awareness is an outstanding example of the leadership necessary to ensure that new immigrants have full access to the civic, economic, social and cultural life of Boston.”

Along with honoring Dr. Gary L. Gottlieb, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, with the We Are Boston Leadership Award for his many accomplishments and contributions, Mayor Menino and ONB are also thrilled to honor the following exceptional awardees:

  • Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. with the Corporate Courage Award, for demonstrating consistent commitment in creating opportunities for Boston’s diverse communities to thrive and be successful.
  • Dr. Nicole Prudent of the Haitian Health Institute at Boston Medical Center with the Community Champion Award, for demonstrating consistent commitment in nurturing a dialogue and inspiring action to facilitate the full integration of immigrants in Boston and beyond.
  • Sherley Belizaire from the Boston International Newcomers Academy and Yiming Yu from Charlestown High School with the School and Youth Action Award for translating the perseverance, courage and idealism of New Bostonians into action and making significant contributions to empower their communities.

 The 2012 We Are Boston Gala will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This year’s gala is made possible with the generous support of Partners HealthCare, State Street Corporation, Eastern Bank, Target, DTZ, a UGL company and Clear Channel Outdoor. Proceeds from the We Are Boston Gala help support the English for New Bostonians Initiative, a city-private-community partnership providing access to English classes and other crucial programs to more than one thousand New Bostonians, enabling them to be full participants in Boston. For more information about the gala, visit or call 617-635-2980.

About the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians

In 1998, Mayor Thomas M. Menino created his Office of New Bostonians (ONB) to ensure that new immigrants have full access to the civic, economic, social and cultural life of Boston.  MONB established a nationally-recognized model for assisting newcomers in overcoming the barriers and challenges of immigration. 


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