BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

MF B&WThis event honors individuals and institutions who exemplify the pioneering spirit of the late DR. MARIE FELTIN, a tireless advocate for disabled and chronically ill patients. Marie was a founder of Boston’s Community Medical Group, East Boston Health Center’s Home Care Program and the Urban Medical Group, neighborhood healthcare services that focused on encouraging patients to become actively involved in their care as a critical means to bettering their health. Marie was always available for her patients and was a modern day pioneer in providing medical care to society’s most neglected and vulnerable populations. The ceremony is held in support of BCIL, and as a tribute to Marie’s legacy, which epitomizes BCIL’s mission of empowering individuals with disabilities to take control of their lives and live independently. BCIL promotes the CIVIL RIGHTS of all people with disabilities and our ENERGIZED ADVOCACY and SERVICES support and help create EQUAL ACCESS to healthcare, affordable housing, accessible transportation, and ADA compliance for thousands of Greater Boston residents each year, leading many to jobs, an education, and SELF-SUFFICIENCY for themselves and their families.

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27th Annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

SAVE THE DATE! The annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony will celebrate its 27th anniversary on Friday, April 28, 2023 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Westin Copley Place Hotel. This years event will feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception, silent auction, and recognition of award winners as we honor the work and legacy of Dr. Marie Feltin. Join us for an evening of reflection and celebration!

For those unable to attend in person the program will be live-streamed. For the live stream link, register at https://bit.ly/BCILMarieFeltinAwardCeremony2023.

ASL and CART have been confirmed. ADA reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. To submit a request, contact Rachel at rchartier@bostoncil.org or (617) 338-6665. As part of your request, please include a description of the accommodation you will need and include as much detail as you can. Please provide your contact information in case we need more information. When possible, please allow at least seven days advance notice. Last-minute requests will be accepted but may be difficult to fill.

2023 Honorees:

Henry Korman – Housing Justice Champion and Civil Rights Advocate

 Dr. Nadia Valentin –  Passionate and Compassionate Clinician and Entrepreneur Unmasking the Stigma of Disability Care

 Carine Luxama, RN  – Lifelong Learner and Student Dedicated to Serving Underserved Communities

Alex Green – Educator, Advocate, Writer, and Scholar on the History of Disability Institutions in America

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26th Annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

2022 Honorees:

  • Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) during the Pandemic  Countless PCAs have provided invaluable service to persons with disabilities during the Covid crisis. We salute all PCAs, who will be represented by Maria Alejandra Alessio, Gwendolyn Brown, and Ruiyi Tan, members of 1199SEIU, the PCA union.
  • Taciana Ribeiro-Saab of the Boston Center for Independent Livinga longtime activist for equity and services, is directing BCIL’s new satellite office in Dorchester and has led the organization’s vigorous antiracism efforts.
  • Dan Manning of Greater Boston Legal Services  has litigated numerous cases with the GBLS team to advance rights and services for low-income people for decades, including the ADA class-action lawsuit against the MBTA

BCIL 2022 Marie Feltin Program book

2022 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

25th Annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

2021 Honorees:

  • Dr. Thea James  Unwavering interrogator of the status quo
  • Howard TrachtmanChampion for peer services, self-determination, and independence for persons with mental illness
  • Jim Wice Lifelong disability advocate for adaptive sports and access to higher education and jobs

25th Annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award Program Book

2021 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

PCA Recognition


2020 Honorees

  • Zary AmirhosseiniChampion of InclusAbility in healthcare through education and accommodation
  • Mala RafikBeliever in the hard, unglamorous work of advocacy and justice
  • Shirley Simmons and Darryl K. Williams (posthumous)Turning hate into love: A mother’s and son’s contribution

2020 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

2019 Honorees 

  • Catherine  Hardaway Dedicated Social Justice Advocate, Champion of Elder Rights, Supporter of Youth, Families, People with Disabilities and Business Diversity, a Builder of an Inclusive Society Brick by Brick
  • Nancy Lorenz Leader in Health Care Justice, Stalwart Advocate for Disability Rights, Spirited Defender of Consumer-Controlled PCA Services
  • John Ruiz – Empowered 36-year Survivor of the AIDS Epidemic Using Lived Experience to Empower Marginalized Individuals to Take Control of Their Health and Well-Being, Supporting Consumer Voice and the Fight Against Stigma

Photos from the 2019 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

2018 Honorees:

  • Taramattie DoucetteTireless Advocate Defending the Rights of Children and Adults with Disabilities and Mentor to Tomorrow’s Advocates
  • Chris HartSpirited Activist for Equal Access
  • Linda LandryAdvocate for Justice, Superstar Teammate

Photos from the 2018 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

2017 Honorees:

  • Robin CallahanLeader in Public Service Dedicated to Advancing Access to Quality Health Care
  • Jeff KeilsonLifelong Innovator and Champion of Self-Determination for Individuals and Families
  • Disability Policy ConsortiumAdvocates for Disability Rights: About Us, By Us

Photos from the 2017 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

2016 Honorees:

  • Kate NordahlSpirited Leader for Innovative Medicaid Policy & Programs in Massachusetts
  • Neil CroninTenacious Activist &Strategist for Disability, HIV, & Poverty Issues for Three Decades
  • Peggy Johnson and Lauren EastonInspired Champions & Designers of Community-Based Mental Health Services at Commonwealth Care Alliance

Photos from the 2016 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

2015 Honorees:

  • Laura P. Brelsford –  Leader for Equal Access & Inclusion in Transportation
  • Jean Flatley McGuire, PhD – Leader for consumer-driven public health & disability policy
  • Lisa Sloane –  Leader for housing and disability rights and super soccer mom

Photos from the 2015 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony