Author: Sonja Sheasley

Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners Appoint New County Administrator

For Immediate Release

March 10, 2021

First female at the helm in Barnstable County

(Barnstable, MA) — The Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners voted today to appoint Elizabeth Albert to the Barnstable County Administrator position following the departure of Jack Yunits, Jr.

Ms. Albert, who served as Director of the Department of Human Services since 2008, will be the first woman in the history of Barnstable County to serve in this key leadership role. Among her duties as Barnstable County Administrator will be contract negotiations and oversight over all county departments.

“Beth’s work ethic and integrity, along with her leadership ability and governmental experience, make her an ideal fit for the position of County Administrator,” Chairman Ronald Bergstrom said. “I am certain that she’ll do an excellent job for the administration and the residents of Barnstable County.”

As Director of the Department of Human Services, Ms. Albert has been responsible for administering millions of dollars annually in federal and state grant resources to undertake regional planning, coordination, and implementation of health and human service programs and initiatives. She has also served as Chair and Co-Chair to numerous advisory councils and committees having a diverse array of health and social services policy and advocacy issues.

Before her role at the County, she was the Executive Director at the Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania, an organization designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.) and high-performing federally qualified fair housing rights center serving Southeastern Pennsylvania. During her tenure, the organization secured hundreds of reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and successfully advocated and obtained relief for victims of housing discrimination.

Ms. Albert earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) from James Madison University in Virginia and master’s degree in Policy and Social Administration (M.S.W.) from Temple University in Pennsylvania. She resides with her husband in the town of Dennis.

“I am happy to accept the position of Barnstable County Administrator, “said Albert. “I have devoted my career to tackling complex health and human service issues through collaboration and mobilizing multi-sector responses. I will take this same approach in working on the important regional issues facing Barnstable County. I look forward to working with the County Commissioner’s, the Assembly of Delegates, and all county employees. Thank you to Jack Yunits for his dedication over the past five years and for the support he has offered to ensure a smooth transition. I am committed to doing my best to serve the residents of Barnstable County.”

Residents can watch the Barnstable County Regional Board of Commissioners meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVYgttdE7dE. For additional information on Barnstable County, visit the County webpage at https://www.barnstablecounty.org/or follow Barnstable County on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/barnstablecounty/or Twitter at https://twitter.com/CapeCodGov

Press Contact: Sonja Sheasley, Communications Manager | (508) 375-6896 | Sonja.sheasley@barnstablecounty.org

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Announcing New Leadership for the Human Rights Advisory Commission

(Barnstable, MA-February 11, 2021) -The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission has new leadership for 2021. Dr. Kate Epperly, who was the immediate past Vice Chair to the Board, was voted in as Chair. Advisory member, Patricia Oshman, was elected to Vice-Chair.

Rev. Dr. Kate Epperly A lifelong community organizer and human rights advocate, Rev. Dr. Kate Epperly is an ordained pastor who has served congregations in California, Arizona, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. She retired in January after serving 7 years as Minister for Advocacy and Justice for Families and Children of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination.

Rev. Dr. Epperly served 3 years as Minister of Christian Union Church in North Truro, served as Coordinator of the Cape Cod Fellowship of Reconciliation, and was active in the Nauset Interfaith Association and its Refugee Support Team. Rev. Dr. Epperly currently serves on the Steering Committee of Barnstable No Place for Hate, and the Cape Cod Council of Churches Migrant and Refugee Committee. She is a member of the Cape Cod Grandmother’s Against Gun Violence, the Cape Cod NAACP, and the Cape Women’s Coalition and PEO Chapter AL.

 

Patricia (Trish) Oshman Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Vice-Chair Patricia Oshman came to the U.S. in 2001. After studying Law and Economy at 2 Brazilian Universities, she received a B.A. from Curry College in 2013. Trish taught Portuguese at Falmouth High School and currently teaches at Mass Maritime Academy. She works as a shelter advocate at Independence House in Hyannis. A community activist, Trish developed a Portuguese enrichment program at East Falmouth elementary school. She is co-chair of Falmouth’s Affirmative Action and Diversity committee and sits on the Board of the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, a 501(C)(3) that disseminates knowledge about Cape Verdean and broader Lusophone culture.

Oshman helps organize the annual Human Rights Academy that brings students together to heighten awareness of human rights issues and encourage participation in their own schools’ projects promoting human rights. Each of the fall and spring Academy gatherings attract approximately 100 Cape-wide high school students.

 

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION: The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit and health care. Learn more at https://www.barnstablecountyhrac.org/

 

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BCHRAC Announce Human Rights Awards at Annual Breakfast

2020 Human Rights Awards Breakfast on December 10, 2020 at 8:30 am

Link for the YouTube live-stream: https://youtu.be/104fPhHmLas

In addition to our Rosenthal, Cornerstone and Tim McCarthy Awards, we will be honoring our local Unsung Heroes.

This special recognition will go to frontline workers providing essential services during the pandemic.

BARNSTABLE COUNT HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION

Media Contact:  Susan Quinones, Barnstable County Human Rights Coordinator
susan.quinones@barnstablecounty.org  or (508) 375-6611

BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION ANNOUNCES HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS AT ANNUAL BREAKFAST

(Barnstable, MA – December 8, 2020) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) will present its Human Right Awards at the Annual HRAC Awards Breakfast, on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The Keynote Speaker for the event is Krissie Williams, educator and founder of Barnstable Ally Group.

The Rosenthal Community Champion Award is given to individuals in the public sector who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals. This year’s recipients are Sean O’Brien and Dierdre Arvidson.

The Cornerstone Award is given to individuals who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals. This year’s recipients are Larry and Atsuko Fish.

The Tim McCarthy Human Rights Champion Award is given to an individual or organization working to promote human rights. This year’s recipients are Nauset H.S. Human Rights Group and Faculty Advisor Lisa Brown

BCHRAC 2020 Unsung Heroes: Celebrating the Strength of our Communities 

Champ Homes Inc.Adam Burnett, and staff

Elder Services Cape Cod and Islands: Meals on Wheels volunteers AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, mobile outreach workers, drop-in center staff, case managers outreach specialists, volunteers, and all support staff

YMCA, Children’s Crossing Child Care Program, all staff, childcare workers, and volunteers

Community Health Center of Cape Cod, all staff

League of Women Voters Cape Cod and Falmouth, Voter Services committees members

Cape Cod Commission US Census workers

Cape Cod USP mail carriers and office workers /FedEx, UPS drivers and warehouse workers

Duffy Health Center, all staff

Tara Vargas Wallace, Amplify POC Cape Cod, Executive Director and Founder

Cape Cod Council of Churches/ Faith’s Family Kitchen, Jeni Wheeler, staff, and volunteers

Cape Cod Health Care, Walgreens, and CVS pharmacies employees 

Barnstable Ally Group and founder Krissie Williams 

Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Health Care staff (including nurses, licensed therapists, hospice workers and health care aides

The Woodlands at Pleasant Bay Assisted Living residence staff in Brewster (including all staff)

Pleasant Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehab staff

Airport Taxi Medical transport drivers, Medical transportation services

Stop and Shop, Shaw’s, Trader Joe’s and local markets, grocery workers

Staff of Independence House

Please read about these recipients and their contribution to human rights on Cape Cod in 2020 at https://www.barnstablecountyhrac.org/2020_awards/

This is a free event, open to the public, online registration is required. To register click here https://bit.ly/HRAC_Register_120220_

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION: The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.  Learn more at https://www.barnstablecountyhrac.org/

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Nasdaq Takes Aim At All-White, Male Company Boards With Diversity Proposal

Nasdaq wants to require the more than 3,000 companies listed on its stock exchange to improve boardroom diversity by appointing at least one woman and at least one minority or LGBTQ+ person to their boards.

Companies would have to report regularly on how many women and minorities sit on their boards and then follow that up by appointing at least one member of each group, under a rule submitted Tuesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Read the rest at www.npr.com>>>>

 

Celebrate Universal Human Rights Month

Universal Human Rights Month is an annual designation observed in December. This month and every month to follow, people all across the globe are encouraged to come together and stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans. December is a time to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. These rights include freedom from discrimination, the right to equality, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

How you can observe Universal Human Rights Month

Use #UniversalHumanRights, #HumanRights, and #StandUp4HumanRights to post on social media. The Dignity & Respect Campaign says the best way we can celebrate Universal Human Rights Month is by working to find common ground with those around us who may not have the same background as we do.  Their advice is to remember that we were all born into the same world, we are all humans, and our different races, religions, beliefs, and cultures shouldn’t divide us. This December, take a little time out of your schedule to educate yourself. If another culture makes you anxious or apprehensive, learn more about their history and why they do things the way they do. Chances are, it’ll humanize them and help you understand that they aren’t people to be “afraid” of, or to dislike. This month, you can also:

  • Read a book about the Declaration of Human rights, or about human rights in general
  • Spread the word on social media
  • Go out of your way to treat everyone with respect, kindness, and equality
  • Teach others about why human rights for everyone are so important

History

The Universal Month for Human Rights started in 1948 when the United Nations wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Announces Applications for the Rosenthal and Cornerstone Human Rights Awards

For Immediate Release

(Barnstable, MA – November 5, 2020) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) is accepting nominations through November 30, 2020 for the Rosenthal and Cornerstone Human Rights Awards (see links below). These awards are presented at the Annual HRAC Awards Breakfast, being held virtually on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.

The Rosenthal Community Champion Award, named after Irving Leopold Rosenthal, is given to individuals in the public sector (law enforcement, elected officials, etc.) recognized by their peers, community, and associates as individuals who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals, particularly those who have worked to advance human rights and to eliminate discrimination against immigrants in Barnstable County. Link: 2020 Rosenthal Community Nomination Form

The Cornerstone Award is given to individuals recognized by their peers, community, and associates as those who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals. Link: 2020 Cornerstone Award Nomination Form

Submit nomination forms by November 30, 2020.

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION: The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.  Learn more at https://www.barnstablecountyhrac.org/

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Take the MA-DPH #COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

√ Take the survey in English

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√ 参加简体中文调查

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most. MA-DPH is committed to sharing information back in ways that will help us all take collective action

Make your voice heard.
  • MA-DPH is learning how to better help people through COVID-19. Even if you haven’t been sick, your answers can help.
  • The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey will help MA-DPH learn about needs across the state, so it can plan resources and support around COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 unfairly impacts people of color more than others. Help MA-DPH learn how it can plan resources and support around COVID-19.
Take the MA-DPH #COVID-19 Community Impact Survey to share what your experience has been during the pandemic.

What is CCIS? The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) is an online survey aimed at collecting data to better understand and identify the social, economic, and health needs and inequities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How will the findings be used? Findings from this survey will be used to improve DPH’s ability to act – helping address the most critical needs, partnering with communities to support local efforts, and informing state policy with accurate information on what people need now and in the long term. Results will be available to community-based organizations for their own planning and action purposes.

Who should take this survey? Anyone 14 or older who lives in MA can and should take the survey. Even people who have not had COVID-19 can take this survey. We have a particular interest in gathering responses from communities who have been impacted the most, including: people of color, immigrants, individuals who are LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, essential workers, people experiencing housing instability, older adults, and those in geographic areas hardest hit by COVID-19.

What important information should I know? The survey is available in six common languages spoken in MA: English, Chinese (standard and traditional), Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.

Where may I find additional information? Additional information about the CCIS Initiative may be found in the FAQ document here. If you have questions, please contact covid19survey@mass.gov.

Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Seeks New Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Susan L. Quinones, Human Rights Coordinator
Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission at 508-375-6611

BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

September 23, 2020 – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) seeks candidates to fill vacancies beginning January 1, 2021. The (9) member volunteer BC-HRAC was recently re-structured under Barnstable County Ordinance 19-10 to promote equality and human rights throughout the County.

Responsibilities include attending monthly HRAC meetings, participating in ad hoc board committees, and assisting the Human Rights Coordinator in educating the public about Human Rights and the HRAC through community & educational activities.

An interested candidate must be a permanent resident of Barnstable County. Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!   Please submit a letter of interest and resume/bio, by e-mail to susan.quinones@barnstablecounty.org, or via mail to Susan Quinones, Coordinator, BC Human Rights Advisory Commission, Candidate Application, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630.  Applications MUST be received no later than Friday, October 16, 2020, at 4:00 PM!

Interviews to be held the week of October 26, 2020, for those selected.

For additional information about the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, please go to www.barnstablecountyhrac.org. Questions can be directed to the B.C. Human Rights Coordinator, Susan Quinones at (508) 375-6611 or susan.quinones@barnstablecounty.org.

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