CHA Community Award

CHA Community Award

Presented annually to an individual for his/her outstanding achievement and meaningful service to the Hispanic/Latino community.

Past Recipients Include:
Antonio Flores Quin, first recipient of the 2009 CHA Award, was honored for his contributions to the El Comite Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social, the Jubilee Center (support center for low-income immigrants), and for his efforts in establishing Orgullo P’urhepecha, a social-cultural indigenous non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to strengthen roots and to extol pride and respect of the P’urhepecha culture and identity in communities.Lupe Hernandez, the 2010 CHA Award honoree, was recognized for his volunteer efforts at the food bank in Moses Lake, his time dedicated to the Moses Lake Assembly of God Church, and his great kindness, compassion, and service to those less fortunate. He has been described as “a friend to all in need,” and he has a remarkable record of service to the community.Alex Gordon, the 2011 CHA Award honoree, was recognized for her important leadership role within the Latino Community Resource Group, her volunteer work with the Clark County commissioner of Hispanic affairs, Rosalba Pitkin, and with the mobile Mexican consulate. Alex also volunteers for the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) by providing free health care coverage education, assistance, and advocacy to help improve the lives of Washington residents.The award is presented once a year to one recipient. CHA accepts nominations on a rolling basis, and generally presents the award in January or February of each year. The deadline is always December 31st to submit nominations for the following year’s award.

The Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs is governed by Chapter 43.115 RCW. Implementing regulations are contained in Chapter 322.12 WAC.
The Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs (CHA) was created by a Governor’s Executive Order and established in statute in 1971. As mandated by the state legislature, the Commission’s functions are to im-prove public policy development and the delivery of government services to the Hispanic community through the following means:

    • Identifying and defining issues concerning the rights and needs of Washington State’s Hispanic community.
    • Advising the Governor and state agencies on the development of relevant policies, plans, and programs that affect Hispanics.
    • Advising the legislature on issues of concern to the state’s Hispanic community.
    • Establishing relationships with state agencies, local governments, and members of the private sector.

Award Criteria
The award is presented annually to an individual who is selected by the Commission on Hispanic Affairs, to recognize his/her contribution(s), service(s), leadership, and outstanding achievement(s) that has/have provided a meaningful benefit to the Hispanic community.


  • The nominee must have lived or worked in the state of Washington during the performance of activities being considered (past calendar year).
  • The award is for volunteer achievement not professional accomplishment.
  • Past recognition of professional activities are not relevant to this award, but will be considered during deliberation. Nomi-nees will be judged on their current contribution(s), service(s), leadership, and outstanding achievement(s).

The nomination must have at least five references from community members.

The Following Will Be Taken Into Consideration In The Selection Process:

  • Leadership –Ability to motivate and inspire others to accom-plish a specific goal or objective. This involves an element of risk in order to benefit others.
  • Initiative –Demonstrates ability to take charge by creating or developing a program, project, or activity that impacts the community. Has a personal commitment to see the project through to its resolution with determined effort.
  • Creativity –Develops/proposes creative ways to accomplish the goals and objectives of the project. Dedication –Is recognized by others for being committed to achieving the desired results. Accomplishes much within the community by their pursuit, courage, enthusiasm, and zeal.
  • Recognition – Identified by others for their commitment to the Hispanic community.
  • Collaboration –Realizes the importance of bringing others to work together.
  • Moral Aptitude — Must be in good standing in their community.

You can fill out an online nomination form here.