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Three Receive 2016 Albany Human Relations Awards

Two individuals and an Albany business have received the 2016 Human Relations awards from the City of Albany Human Relations Commission:

  • Dania J. Samudio has served on the Linn-Benton Hispanic Advisory Committee for 19 years.  She has been involved in the Committee’s sponsorship of families in need during the year-end holidays and garnering donations from local businesses in support of La Fiesta and its successor event, Festival Latino.
  • Keith Kolkow is involved in a variety of activities that promote and focus on historic Downtown Albany, including organizing a Pokecrawl for Pokemon Go players; supporting Historic Preservation Month; Movies at Monteith; Christmas parlor tours; and serving on the City of Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission.
  • Ochoa’s Queseria, the first Mexican-style cheese factory in Oregon, was founded by Zoila and Froylan Ochoa and is operated today by their son, Francisco.  Ochoa products are sold throughout the country and have received multiple awards in contests sponsored by the American Cheese Society. 

The awards recognize individuals and organizations or businesses in Albany that have worked to promote harmonious relations among the citizens of Albany.  Selection is based on a demonstrated commitment to promoting human relations, diversity, and/or equality through community programs and activities.  

The awards were presented at the April 26, 2017, meeting of the Albany City Council.

The first Human Relations Commission award was presented in January 2012.

The Human Relations Commission was established in 2007 to promote harmonious relations among Albany citizens.  Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and City Councilors.