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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Annual Human Rights Awards Celebration

Yesterday, over 200 individuals gathered at an event hosted by the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The occasion also served as an opportunity to honor Cape Codders dedicated to preserving and protecting these rights. Additionally, awards were presented to acknowledge exceptional contributions to the advancement of human rights on Cape Cod.

The Cornerstone Award was given to Ann Burke in recognition of her outstanding advocacy work in support of transgender individuals on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Ann Burke receives the Cornerstone Award.

The Tim McCarthy Award was granted to Ngina Lythcott for her tireless advocacy for children, public health, and racial justice in Provincetown over the past two decades.

Ngina Lythcott received the Tim McCarthy Award.

The Rosenthal Community Champion Award was presented to the MLK Action Team Police Task Force of Nauset Interfaith for their dedicated efforts to enhance the relationship between the police and the communities they serve.

MLK Action Team Police Task Force of Nauset Interfaith received the Rosenthal Community Champion Award.

Unsung Hero Awards were also presented to Patricia Cawley (Duffy Health Center), Christine Drew (probation officer), Natalia Frois (Covenant Care for Foster Families), James Matthews (Cape Cod Community College), Dan Miville (Faith Family Kitchen), Chris Morin (Independence House), Cecilia Phelan-Stiles (Cape Cod Healthcare), Sheril Smith (Positive Alternative to School Suspension), David Thomas (Barnstable Early Childhood Programs), The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and Health Ministry Inc.The event also recognized Unsung Heroes, including Patricia Cawley, Christine Drew, Natalia Frois, James Matthews, Michael Mecenas, Dan Miville, Chris Morin, Cecilia Phelan-Stiles, Sheril Smith, David Thomas, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and Health Ministry Inc., for their remarkable contributions.

It was a day filled with song, inspiration, and evidence that great work is being done in the area of human rights on Cape Cod.

Read about the event and see more images in this Cape Cod Times article.

Attendees also had a great time with the Magic Mirror Photo Booth!