Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards

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Each year, the Diversity Advisory Council honors individuals, groups or organizations for their civil and social contributions to our community. Nominations are accepted by the City of Wenatchee's Diversity Council year-round and honorees are announced and presented with the award at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr./Multicultural Festival in January each year.

 Click here for a portion of 2018 Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards ceremony.

Past Award Recipients 

 2017:  Norma Gallegos
Stemilt Growers
Northwest Justice Project



Joan Wright
Molina Healthcare
Junior Service League of Wenatchee



Lucy Montoya
La Nueva/Columbia River Media Group
Wenatchee High School Interact Club



Aida Bound
Cashmere Valley Bank
Westside High School



Jesus and Melissa Hernandez
El Mundo
Columbia Elementary School



Wenatchee High School Mariachi
Alejandra Gonzalez



Ernest Radillo
Wenatchee School District Mentor Program
Cherry Creek Radio for their Cherry Creek Radio Cares Program



Sgt. Cherie Smith
Cashmere Valley Bank
Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Center



Ignatio Chavez
Fiestas Mexicanas


Ruth Esparza
Just Housing Coalition - Columbia Valley Path


Jim and Rosemary Tiffany
Charlene Woodward


Sue Baker
Jorge Chacon

2005:  Rocci Hildum

Criteria for Nominations

The award recognizes an individual, group or organization in the Wenatchee Valley that is making significant contributions to the work of protecting civil rights and/or promoting social justice. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

1.  Must reside and/or conduct business in the Greater Wenatchee Area.

2.  The nominee's civil rights and social justice work has had a significant impact on the lives of a specific population or populations within the Greater Wenatchee Area, including, but not limited to, children and families, migrant workers, the homeless, mental health consumers, or other underserved or disadvantaged groups or classes in our region.

3.  Civil rights and social justice work has substantially increased public awareness and/or led to change in public, City, or county policy on issues that affect those not equally served or represented in our communities.

4. Though professional work may be considered as part of the award process, a commitment to civil rights and social justice work by the nominee must be demonstrated.

To nominate a candidate please print and submit the Nomination Form to:



Nomination Form (pdf/English)

Nomination Form (pdf/Spanish)


City of Wenatchee
Mayor's Office
129 South Chelan
PO Box 519
Wenatchee, WA 98807-0519

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Questions:  Call (509) 888-6204