For Immediate Release Friday, April 23, 2010
Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs Elects New Slate of Officers
Salem, OR - The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs announces the election and installation of new officers during its regular quarterly meeting in Salem on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Officers elected and installed were: Mr. José Ibarra, re-elected for one year as Chair, and Andrea Cano, as Vice Chair.
During his acceptance Chair Ibarra said, “During my tenure as chair of this very important commission each one of you have worked very diligent to provide a voice for Latinos in Oregon. As bridge builders between the Latino community in Oregon and government agencies at all levels, civic and community organizations throughout the state and the country, we must make sure we speak with a clear, informed, and unified voice to articulate the challenges and opportunities shaping the future of our state and our Latino community.
In addressing his colleagues on the Commission, Ibarra added, “I look forward to count on each one of your leadership, skills, passion, and commitment. I also want to thank Commissioner Raymond Caballero for his outstanding leadership in his term as Commissioner, Vice-Chair, Program Chair, and as the Representative of OCHA on the Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force. I also want to congratulate Commissioner Andrea Cano on her election as Vice-Chair.”
A social justice advocate and communications specialist, Andrea Cano has served the people in this state as the director of the Oregon Farm Worker Ministry and as a consultant to multicultural, ecumenical, and interfaith organizations. Her international work has taken her to 30 countries including many in Latin America and the Spanish –speaking Caribbean. Originally from California, she lived in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and Quito, Ecuador, before settling in Oregon in 1999.
The Commission on Hispanic Affairs was created by the 1983 Legislative Assembly to work for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equality for Hispanics in Oregon. The Commission monitors existing programs and legislation to ensure that the needs of Hispanics in Oregon are met. The Commission researches problems and issues and recommends appropriate action, maintains a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities, and encourages Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions. All members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Oregon. Additional information about OCHA can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/Hispanic/about_us.shtml