BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony
This 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 email@example.com 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.
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
- 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 Living – a 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
25th Annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony
- Dr. Thea James – Unwavering interrogator of the status quo
- Howard Trachtman – Champion 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
- Zary Amirhosseini – Champion of InclusAbility in healthcare through education and accommodation
- Mala Rafik – Believer 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
- 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
- Taramattie Doucette – Tireless Advocate Defending the Rights of Children and Adults with Disabilities and Mentor to Tomorrow’s Advocates
- Chris Hart – Spirited Activist for Equal Access
- Linda Landry – Advocate for Justice, Superstar Teammate
Photos from the 2018 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony
- Robin Callahan – Leader in Public Service Dedicated to Advancing Access to Quality Health Care
- Jeff Keilson – Lifelong Innovator and Champion of Self-Determination for Individuals and Families
- Disability Policy Consortium – Advocates for Disability Rights: About Us, By Us
Photos from the 2017 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony
- Kate Nordahl – Spirited Leader for Innovative Medicaid Policy & Programs in Massachusetts
- Neil Cronin – Tenacious Activist &Strategist for Disability, HIV, & Poverty Issues for Three Decades
- Peggy Johnson and Lauren Easton – Inspired Champions & Designers of Community-Based Mental Health Services at Commonwealth Care Alliance
Photos from the 2016 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony
- 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