(WASHINGTON, DC) – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lesly Diaz, business and community liaison for ResCare-operated Homestead Job Corps Center (HJCC), was awarded a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” by U.S. Rep David Rivera. She was one of only 114 Hispanic leaders in the South Florida community to be honored at this inaugural event held in the House Committee of Foreign Affairs committee room on Oct. 13.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida and U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, also from Florida, spoke to the recipients. Ambrosio Hernandez, senior anchor for Telemundo 51, a Miami news station that broadcasts in Spanish, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
“I can tell you, day after day, here in Congress, so many issues come up that are of great importance to Hispanic-Americans,” Rep. Rivera said as he welcomed the honorees to the ceremony. “Perhaps, more than most communities, Hispanic-Americans appreciate what America is all about and understand how important it is to give back to this country because of the great privileges, benefits, freedoms and opportunities that it provides for the generations that come here, for the generations that are born here and on and on.”
Rep. Rivera went on to thank the recipients for the contributions they make to the nation. “While Hispanic-Americans are well-represented in public service, what you all do for our community is so important to our districts, our state and our nation because you all make great contributions to the fabric, that diverse wonderful fabric that is America.”
Ms. Diaz received her certificate in recognition of her contributions to the Hispanic community by motivating others to follow in her footsteps to be successful business persons and the positive role model she provides for younger generations to follow.
“Although I am not Hispanic by birth, I embrace our Hispanic community and show support to the Hispanic family I married into, as well as the Hispanic staff and students at HJCC and Hispanic members of the community,” Ms. Diaz said.
While in Washington, Ms. Diaz was also able to sit in on the Foreign Affairs committee meeting, have lunch with Jay O’ Callaghan, senior legislative assistant to Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, meet Rep. Rivera’s staff, take a tour of the House Gallery and attend a reception at the “Florida House” following the awards ceremony.
“I enjoyed the opportunity to meet Hispanic leaders, including a pastor, CEO of a hospital, a bank vice president, physicians and a political prisoner,” Ms. Diaz said. “I was truly overwhelmed and honored to be in their category as a leader in the community.”