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The Junior League of Mexico City’s Samira Modad Receives the 2014 Mary Harriman Award
Honored for her public health advocacy at the 92nd Annual Conference of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
By: The Association of Junior Leagues International
The Mary Harriman Award is given to Junior League members whose leadership exemplifies the 113-year-old organization’
“Samira Modad’s “inexhaustible spirit and an unrelenting drive to help those around her through direct service and advocacy makes her an ideal recipient of the 2014 Mary Harriman Award. Looking at her remarkable 30-year career as an advocate for health as well as education, Sami has embodied our founder’s vision in all aspects of her life—personal, professional and civic,” said AJLI President Toni Freeman. “Sami empowers her collaborators by organizing, delegating and mentoring. Over the years she has tended to the health of peasants and indigents, families in extreme poverty, undernourished children and adolescents, and served as her neighborhood’
As a League leader and volunteer, Dr. Modad spearheaded a winter shelter for the homeless, participated in drives for eyeglasses, partook in vaccination programs and family planning initiatives and adapted the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen (http://kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org/
About the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award
In 1901, a 19-year-old debutante with a social conscience rallied 80 of her peers to improve the squalid living conditions of immigrants on New York City’s Lower East Side, forming the first Junior League. Eighty-nine years later, in 1990, the AJLI Board of Directors created the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award as a way of recognizing an individual Junior League member whose volunteer efforts embody Mary Harriman’s pioneering spirit, her sense of social responsibility, and her ability to motivate others to share their talents through effective volunteer action. It serves as a modern-day link to our rich heritage—and to the tradition Mary began.
About The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer, Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, creating demonstrable community impact.
Today, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (http://www.ajli.org/
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