On Monday, December 10, 2018 the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission hosted a gathering at the Hyannis Golf Course to celebrate International Human Rights Day. The event also honored those in our community who work diligently to support human rights for all.
Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits, Jr. welcomes attendees.
HRC presented the Rosenthal Community Champion Award to Dan Wolf. This award is given to those in the public sector who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts and ideals, and worked to eliminate discrimination.
The Cornerstone Award was presented to Special Olympics Massachusetts Cape Cod Chapter, which is celebrating its 50h
anniversary, and is given to either individuals or groups recognized by their communities who work extensively to protect human rights.
This year the event was held in memory of Scoba Rhodes, who passed away in June of this year.
Welcome and Introductions Alan Milsted, Chair – Barnstable County Human Rights
Commission Jack Yunits, Jr. – Barnstable County Administrator
Commemoration of the late Scoba F. Rhodes, Jr.
Keynote address: Gretchen Arvanitopoulos, President of Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled
Cornerstone Award: Special Olympics, Massachusetts – Cape Cod Chapter Presented by Alan Milsted
Rosenthal Award: Dan Wolf Presented by Dave Schropfer
Citations: Julian Cyr State Representative David Vieira 3rd Barnstable District Representatives of: Board of County Commissioners
Barnstable: June 1, 2017 – At a recent Barnstable County Commission meeting, the Malcolm McDowell Human Rights Award was presented to Matthew West, a senior at Nauset High School. He also received a Congressional Citation at the ceremony.
The Malcolm McDowell Award is named in honor of a former Commissioner who was instrumental in the creation and development of the organization’s Human Rights Academy. This project annually provides local public and private school students with intensive education and experience in Human Rights issues. Seventeen area schools are currently participating in the program. Matthew has been involved in the Academy for the past five years and was recently elected President of the Nauset Human Rights Academy.
Matthew has held leadership positions in several community organizations including Be The Change and Nauset Together We Can. He has been involved in extensive volunteer work in Haiti and will be returning there this summer. He has participated in several local fundraising projects to support children in Haiti.
In a moving acceptance speech, Matthew credited the HRA with fostering his leadership and public speaking skills. He will enter Missouri’s Webster College in September where he will major in International Relations.
The presentation event was attended by several current and former Human Rights Commissioners and Mrs. Malcolm McDowell who offered her personal congratulations and commended Matthew for his many accomplishments.
The Barnstable County Commission for Human Rights was established by the Assembly of Delegates to promote equal opportunity in housing, employment, education, public accommodations and County Services for all persons in the county. The volunteer board is committed to the concept that “…Human Rights are not the rights that are given to you. Human Rights are the rights that cannot be taken away.”