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Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners recognized several Community Champions and the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year at the 22nd Annual Community Conference held at the Orange County Convention Center on July 15.

The One Orlando Alliance was honored with Mayor Jacobs’ 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award.

Since its inception in 2016, the One Orlando Alliance has served as a vital support system to strengthen the community following the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Currently, more than 40 local service organizations comprise the One Orlando Alliance, which is committed to unifying and empowering LGBTQ organizations in Central Florida.

Community Recognition

The 2017 Orange County Community Award Winners include:

  • The District One Citizen of the Year, Haki Nkrumah, founded The Young Fathers of Central Florida with the goal of improving teen fathers’ participation in their children’s lives.
  • The District Two Citizen of the Year, Danyiel Yarbrough, created New Journey Youth Center (NYJC) located at the John Bridges Community Center in Apopka in 2009.
  • The District Three Citizen of the Year, Judy Blackman, has served as President of the South Goldenrod Safe Neighborhood Association for several years.
  • The District Four Citizen of the Year, Victor Collazo, promotes good citizenship and has a true passion for his community.
  • The District Five Citizen of the Year, Maria Bolton-Joubert, has been involved with Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign, Floridian’s Clean Water Declaration Campaign and with Floridian’s for Solar Choice Campaign.
  • The District Six Citizen of the Year, Frank Brantley, Sr., has lived in Orange County since 1951 and has volunteered his time, talents, and money to help his community thrive.