Outstanding Business Award Medtronic’s mission is rooted in respecting the dignity and personal worth of all employees. At Medtronic, employees and leaders actively participate in creating a culture of innovation that is defined by inclusion, diversity, and community engagement. Medtronic’s Brain Therapies Division is being recognized for its commitment to inclusiveness, promoting diversity in the

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Special #kNOwHate Award A journalist with ProPublica, A.C. Thompson’s investigative journalism exposed hate groups involved in the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally. In the PBS’ Frontline “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville”, he methodically tracks down some of those at the center of the Charlottesville violence and some who had also been part of a series of

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Community-Policing Award Commander Chuck Elms (Santa Ana Police Department) is a key member of the Chief’s Policing Philosophy Committee. Chief David Valentin formed the committee to develop the department’s policing philosophy, which would be used as a foundation for the department’s strategic plan. Commander Chuck Elms lead an initiative to engage community members and include

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Diverse Community Leader Award Tony Ortuno (Santa Ana) has been part of the Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, Education for All group, and has served in a lead role in the fight for LGBT-supportive programming to change policies in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Tony participated as a lead organizer for the Orange County

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(Orange County, CA) The outstanding work of local individuals, groups and a business will be honored at OC Human Relations’ Annual AWARDS Celebration and fundraiser at 5:30pm, Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. The AWARDS 2019 Celebration, sponsored this year by Union Bank, is a unique occasion that brings together

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Outstanding BRIDGES School Award Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley) whose Baron Bridge Builders program strives to maintain a safe, nurturing and inclusive campus for all students. The school demonstrates a commitment to working collectively for a positive school climate by connecting every student to another student, teacher, activity or club. About the Award The

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Diverse Community Leader Award We recognize Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) and OC Opportunity Initiative (OCOI) for bringing funders and community organizations together to ensure the full participation and integration of our local immigrant communities. OCOI was established as a collaborative effort with OCCF’s leadership in bringing together 20+ foundations and individual donors to provide

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Executive Director/CEO 1981-2017 For nearly 40 years, Rusty Kennedy served as an inspiring, valued leader who brought together hundreds of thousands of people in Orange County to create a safer, more inclusive community where everyone can live free of discrimination and violence, be treated with respect and have a voice in decision-making processes that affect

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Outstanding BRIDGES School Award Newport Harbor High School School students often mirror the discourse they see in society. As the national election ramped up in 2016, people all over America discussed and debated their perspectives and beliefs. Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) students did the same, but some of these diverse viewpoints caused a deep

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