Check the article about Beverly Sirvent, recipient of the Reconocimiento Award for Inspirational Leadership, that Annette Jimenez wrote for El Mensajero Catolico:
Beverly Sirvent’s office at Finger Lakes Community Health’s Newark center is fairly sparse.
Sirvent even pointed out the lack of decor during a Dec. 8 interview at the center, where she is migrant program director. Most of her time is spent outside the office, she explained, traveling between FLHC’s different centers in her work with its outreach teams that stretch from the Adirondacks to the North Country.
So when her colleague, Raquel Medina, wanted to tell her she would be honored with a Latinas Unidas’ Reconocimiento Award for Inspirational Leadership, Medina had a hard time pinning her down at the office in order to make the announcement special. Finally, Medina had to flat out say she had something important to tell her and gave her the news.
“They wanted it (the announcement) to be something all fancy,” Sirvent said with a laugh.
She said that she felt honored to have received the Reconocimiento Award in November but had mixed feelings because she doesn’t feel that her work is focused only on the Latino community but on the migrant community in general, which comprises Haitians and Jamaicans along with Hondurans and Guatemalans.
“Of course then, they (coworkers) gave me all the letters they had written,” including one from the center’s CEO, Mary Zelazny. “All the wonderful things they said, it makes you cry. … It was nice.”
The award also gave her a platform to remind the entire community about the vital role the migrant population serves in putting food on the table for Americans, Sirvent said.
You can read the complete article on the El Mensajero Catolico website by clicking here.