Human Relations Commission Awards Wrap-up

News posted Apr. 19, 2017 - 11:15 am
  • *Business Award WinnerBusiness Award Winner
  • *Individual Award WinnerIndividual Award Winner
  • *George Sanders Youth Award WinnerGeorge Sanders Youth Award Winner
  • *Organization Award WinnerOrganization Award Winner
Business Award Winner

The City of Raleigh Human Relations Commission Awards Banquet honors local individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to advancing human rights in our city, solidifying Raleigh’s reputation and recognition as a great place to live.

Winners of the 2017 Human Relations Awards were honored February 28 at the Human Relations Commission’s 28th Annual Awards Banquet, held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Business Award -

This award recognizes a business committed to a variety of initiatives that enhance human dignity. This year’s recipient is The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau that promotes equal opportunity and access to all visitors, ensuring mutual respect and harmony among all Raleigh residents and hospitality workers. While forming alliances with economic development organizations in the Triangle area and grassroots groups, they launched a year-long positive campaign called “All Are Welcome Here.”

Individual Award -


This award recognizes an individual who uses their profession to serve the uninsured. This year’s recipient is Fiaz Fareed. In addition to his job as a nuclear medicine technologist at Wake Med Raleigh, where he serves on the diversity council, Fareed is also a community volunteer. He currently serves as the Islamic Center of Raleigh Outreach Director, working daily to help others better understand different the faiths in our community.

George Sanders Youth Award -

This award is given to a high school student dedicated to community service. Imani-Nia Jacobs is this year’s student recipient. Her signature stance for improving community relationships is “Shake- a-Hand.” Imani-Nia is an “A” student at Southeast Raleigh High School, where she serves as awareness coordinator for the Triangle March of Dimes Raleigh chapter president. She is also director of operations for the regional level of Top Teens of America, and president of the Youth and College Division of the NAACP Raleigh-Apex branch.

Organization Award -

This award recognizes a non-profit organization that provides outreach programs in Raleigh. The 2017 recipient is Top Ladies of Distinction. This organization is comprised of women with a variety of leadership experiences who serve the community through meal deliveries; helping youth and women of all nationalities with resumes, interviewing skills, and college tours; and who partner with the local affiliates of March of Dimes and St. Judes. Top Lades of Distinction has been serving the community for more than 27 years.

The City of Raleigh Housing & Neighborhoods’ Community Engagement Division helps coordinate the work of the Human Relations Commission.

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