Atlantic Peace and Dialog Awards
The Atlantic Institute held its annual Peace and Dialogue Awards on Thursday, October 13th, 2016. The ceremony honored three individuals and an institution who actively promote diversity and intercultural exchange in Central Florida.
The purpose of Atlantic Institute Awards Ceremonies is to recognize influential persons who actively promote diversity and intercultural exchange in the workplace, the government, or other vocational spheres in their communities.
Publicly recognizing these officials encourages them to continue in their efforts to lead others in mutual understanding through Dialog and joint projects which incorporate diverse individuals.
Winners are nominated by Atlantic Institute’s local advisory board members, who submit nomination forms via email to their local branch. Award winners and other esteemed guests will be invited to a reception and awards ceremony which will feature a keynote speech by a distinguished speaker.
This year`s honorees are:
*WUCF TV, will be accepted by Grant Heston, UCF Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Media and Communications Award
*Dr. Deborah German , UCF Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, College of Medicine
Global Vision and Education Award
*Sheriff Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Sheriff
Public and Community Service Award
*Barbara Weinreich, Board Member, Holocaust Memorial Resource and Educational Center
Peace and Dialog Award
Rev. Dirk Ficca
Rev. Dirk Ficca has twenty year of experience in the global interreligious movement, having served as Executive Director of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Prior to his work with the Parliament of Religions, he served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor.
He is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (Class of 1982), and has taught at DePaul University, Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary, and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
He is a member of Chicago Presbytery and serves as the convener of its Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group.
Edyth Bush founded her namesake foundation in 1973 with the edict to “Make Central Florida a better place for all of its citizens.” From investing in the arts, education, and health and human-services programs, the foundation is focused on examining the needs of the community and engaging the right organizations to address those needs to assure successful impact. The lives of countless area residents have been touched by the legacy of Mrs. Bush through her foundation and the programs it funds. To date, the foundation has distributed more than $104 million in grants to deserving organizations. In addition to providing funds, a significant portion of the foundation's efforts is dedicated to community leadership and to fostering cooperative relationships between the groups it serves.
The University of Central Florida and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 60,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is the nation’s second-largest university. UCF is called a “Top Up-and-Coming” national uni- versity by U.S. News & World Report, a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.
Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service to more than 100 million Customers annually. It is the nation's largest carrier in terms of passengers boarded and the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® and no change fees. With 42 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for their dedication in supporting the communities they serve.
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Istanbul Cultural Center in Orlando is a 501©3 non-profit organization that promotes the intercultural relations between the all people from different nations. Its mission is to preserve and promote Turkish and Turkish-American cultural heritage, while strengthening culture of engagement within local diverse communities by organizing cultural, educational, and social programs.
Dr. Ann McGee
What are the Atlantic Institute’s “Peace & Dialog Awards?”
The annual Peace & Dialog Awards Dinner is an opportunity for community leaders of all cultures, backgrounds, faiths, and professions to share their views on a selected topic; this year, ”Peaceful Coexistence and united around human values .”
It is also the Atlantic Institute’s honor to publicly recognize influential community leaders who actively promote cultural understanding and diversity in their organizations and communities. It is the hope that the public recognition will encourage the recipients to continue their efforts and lead others to similar activities and projects advancing a more peaceful relationship between our communities and nations.
The mission of the Atlantic Institute is to advance cross-cultural dialogue and understanding among differing societies, nationalities and faiths thereby promoting the potential for greater international cooperation and world peace.
Who attends the dinner?
Distinguished community leaders of all cultures, backgrounds, faiths, and professions are invited to this event.
In the past, guest lists have included: Mayor Buddy Dyer, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, UCF President John Hitt, Seminole State College President Ann McGee, Central Florida Partnership President Jacob Stuart, Orange County Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Seminole County Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin, OCPS Board Members, Commissioner Robert F. Stuart, Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, Apopka City Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, Commissioner Billie Dean, Senator Darren Soto, Ambassador Harriett Elam Thomas, Second Harvest Food Bank President Dave Krepco, Bishop John Noonan and Dr. Joel Hunter.
Some of Previous Awardees
*Ann McGee, President, Seminole State College
*Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando
*Darryl E. Owens, Editorial Writer, The Orlando Sentinel
*Dave Krepcho, President & CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank
*James Coffin, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Central Florida
*Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland Church
*John Hitt, President, UCF
*La Fontaine Oliver, WMFE, President & General Manager
*Lewis Duncan, President, Rollins College
*Linda Byrd, Market President, Clear Channel Communications
*Margaret Linnane – Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, Director
*Richard Lapchick, UCF DeVos Sport Business Management, Program Chair
*Sister Ann Kendrick, Hope Community Center
*Teresa Jacobs, Mayor, Orange County
*Three Wise Guys Radio Show (NPR)