The Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing held its 10th Annual Legislative Awareness Day on Monday, October 14, 2019 in Annapolis. The purpose of Legislative Awareness Day is to recognize those who have contributed to our community and to encourage others to learn how they, too, can become advocates. This year's event focused on community activism, and seven community members were recognized for their contributions.
Dr. Robert Davila, MSD Board of Trustees President, was recognized by Mr. Kelby Brick, Director of the Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, for exemplary leadership and commitment to the community. Dr. Davila received the Governor's Kelby Brick Community Leadership Award.
Dr. Rebecca Minor, MSD Board of Trustees member, received the Outstanding Ally Award. Dr. Minor is the chair of Interpreter Training Program at Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville and a great ally to the Deaf community.
Jade Sims, Employment Training Specialist in the Frederick campus' Work to Learn program, was also recognized for her outstanding work in community activism. Jade was noticed for her advocacy and efforts toward establishing alternative living units in the Frederick area for Deaf adults so that upon graduation these alumni can receive the services they need and still be connected to the area's strong Deaf community.
To learn more about Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, visit www.odhh.maryland.gov/.