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Resident leaders and Mid-City CAN recognized

Circulate San Diego named Mid-City CAN resident leader Maria Cortez Citizen of the Year at its gala on Oct. 22. Abdul Mohamed also competed in the Citizen of the Year category. Both were recognized by State Senator Marty Block for the work the Improving Transportation in City Heights Momentum team has done. Mid-City CAN photo
Circulate San Diego named Mid-City CAN resident leader Maria Cortez Citizen of the Year at its gala on Oct. 22. Abdul Mohamed also competed in the Citizen of the Year category. Both were recognized by State Senator Marty Block for the work the Mid-City CAN Improving Transportation in City Heights Momentum Team has done. Mid-City CAN photo

Several San Diego organizations recognized Mid-City CAN resident leaders and its advocacy work in late October. Circulate San Diego named Mid-City CAN resident leader Maria Cortez Citizen of the Year at its gala on Oct. 22. SDX, formerly known as San Diego Ad Club, named Mid-City CAN the Multi-Cultural Marketing Visionary Brand of the Year at its Brand Diego awards on Oct. 23.


Cortez, who is also co-chair of the Improving Transportation in City Heights Momentum Team, said she was gratified by the award but tries to keep her perspective.


"I don't do it to get awards," she said, while talking about her 35 years of advocating for transportation improvements in City Heights. "My award is seeing the community of City Heights getting what we fully deserve and what we need."


Cortez has worked for many of those years to make sure that promised improvements are realized, like opening the City Heights Transit Plaza deck restrooms to transit users.


"Even if we fail at some of our things, it is still worth it because we learn from some of our mistakes," she said. "We learn who is willing to help us, and who is willing to learn, and who is willing to show us what to do."


SDX, which traces its history back to 1911 when it formed to promote The Panama-California Exposition, recognized Mid-City CAN's role in bringing a mayoral debate to Hoover High School.
"The success that you've had with a very diverse community, it was extremely notable and noteworthy," said Sheila Fox, Executive Director of SDX.


Fox said that judges were impressed that Mid-City Can was able to create something that was distributed, statewide, locally and even internationally by leveraging the community engagement it has created in City Heights.


Mid-City CAN Coordinating Council Member Abdul Mohamed also competed in the Citizen of the Year category. Adam Ward, former media specialist at Mid-City CAN, was a finalist in SDX's Multi-Cultural Marketer of the Year category.

Resident leaders and Mid-City CAN recognized for advocacy work

Several San Diego organizations recognized Mid-City CAN resident leaders and its advocacy work in late October. Circulate San Diego named Mid-City CAN resident leader Maria Cortez Citizen of the Year at its gala on Oct. 22. SDX, formerly known as San Diego Ad Club, named Mid-City CAN the Multi-Cultural Marketing Visionary Brand of the Year at its Brand Diego awards on Oct. 23.

Cortez, who is also co-chair of the Improving Transportation in City Heights Momentum Team, said she was gratified by the award but tries to keep her perspective.

“I don’t do it to get awards,” she said, while talking about her 35 years of advocating for transportation improvements in City Heights. “My award is seeing the community of City Heights getting what we fully deserve and what we need.”

Cortez has worked for many of those years to make sure that promised improvements are realized, like opening the City Heights Transit Plaza deck restrooms to transit users.

“Even if we fail at some of our things, it is still worth it because we learn from some of our mistakes,” she said. “We learn who is willing to help us, and who is willing to learn, and who is willing to show us what to do.”

SDX, which traces its history back to 1911 when it formed to promote The Panama-California Exposition, recognized Mid-City CAN’s role in bringing a mayoral debate to Hoover High School.

“The success that you’ve had with a very diverse community, it was extremely notable and noteworthy,” said Sheila Fox, Executive Director of SDX.

Fox said that judges were impressed that Mid-City Can was able to create something that was distributed, statewide, locally and even internationally by leveraging the community engagement it has created in City Heights.

Mid-City CAN Coordinating Council Member Abdul Mohamed also competed in the Citizen of the Year category. Adam Ward, former media specialist at Mid-City CAN, was a finalist in SDX’s Multi-Cultural Marketer of the Year category.

 

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