MAYOR PARKER ANNOUNCES 2010 HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS RECIPIENTS AND MAYOR'S HISPANIC ADVISORY BOARD
Published 10/02/2010 - 6:22 a.m. CST
Mayor Annise Parker announced the recipients of the 2010 Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards and the members of the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board yesterday.
“With the help of my new Hispanic Advisory Board, we found five unsung heroes in the Hispanic community who really made a difference in other people’s lives,” said Mayor Parker. “I am proud to recognize their contributions, and am looking forward to hearing about their many more achievements in the future.”
Youth Activist: Florencia Quesnel
Florencia Quesnel is a 19-year-old sophomore at St. Thomas University. As a little girl, she was stricken with a rare disease that destroyed her liver and she has just been diagnosed with kidney disease. She is currently waiting for a liver transplant, and she’s on a mission to raise awareness in the Hispanic community about organ and tissue donation. As a living example of the need for organ donation, she volunteers her time by promoting donation in various media outlets, organizing and appearing at donor drives and health fairs, as well as speaking as a donation advocate in front of City Council.