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Jan 19, 2017

TOA's Cultural Broker to be Honored at Immigrant Woman Conference

Claudette Ndayininahaze, The Opportunity Alliance’s (TOA) Cultural Broker, has been named a Trailblazer Honoree for the 2017 Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference.  The Trailblazer Honoree Selection Committee chose Claudette (and four other women from the Greater Portland area) because of her “passion, commitment and leadership.” 

PORTLAND (January 2017) Claudette Ndayininahaze, The Opportunity Alliance’s (TOA) Cultural Broker, has been named a Trailblazer Honoree for the 2017 Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference.  The Trailblazer Honoree Selection Committee chose Claudette (and four other women from the Greater Portland are) because of her “passion, commitment and leadership.” The committee used five criteria to make their selections:

  • Outstanding reputation in the community as a respected leader;
  • Someone who is effecting real change through initiative, vision and achievements;
  • Outreach and impact that transcends communities;
  • Inspiring and empowering others through character, service and leadership;
  • Someone who exemplifies the spirit of the Empower Honoree Trailblazer Award and ability to Empower, Educate and Inspire.

 

An awards banquet will honor Claudette and the other recipients on March 18th at Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland.

 

About TOA’s Cultural Broker Position: Many new Mainers upon arrival to our neighborhoods lack the language skills and cultural competencies to effectively engage the complex network of social supports and government systems. This can lead to missed opportunities and/or missing critical deadlines that can lead to irrevocable consequences.  In an attempt to mitigate some of these factors and reduce barriers to stable housing, economic independence and citizenship for new Mainers, The Opportunity Alliance developed the Cultural Broker position to support refugees, asylees and immigrants in the process of obtaining the necessary social and economic resources to become self-sufficient citizens. Claudette has served in this position since its inception in early 2016.

 

Claudette Ndayininahaze, a native of Burundi, was a National Sales Manager for a beverage brewery whose majority stockholder is Heineken. She has many years’ experience working with immigrant, refugee, and asylee communities and works as the Cultural Broker from an office in TOA’s Parkside Neighborhood Center in Portland.

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