2016 Harold M. Haynes Award presentation

Release date: 03/02/2017
Sponsored by: Administrative Office, Community Engagement Division

Luis Nava earns recognition for outstanding citizen involvement

Luis Nava receives 2016 Harold M. Haynes Citizen Involvement Award
Luis Nava of Aloha was honored with the Harold M. Haynes Citizen Involvement Award for his civic affairs volunteering through nonprofits, programs and committees at the local, county, Portland region, Oregon and national levels.

The award was presented to Nava on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 before the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Nava is looked to by peers, community leaders, and youth alike as a prominent voice on not only Latino/a and Hispanic issues but also to the community in general on human rights, equity and justice. In addition, he is often consulted on matters of immigration, civic involvement, leadership and education.

Nava was touched with emotion as he received the award from Jim Long, Committee for Community Involvement co-chair, and spoke briefly to express his gratitude before the Commissioners and community.

County Chair Andy Duyck thanked Nava and praised his community work, particularly with youth, and the example he sets. All five Commissioners stood to join in applause from the public audience at a well-attended Board meeting in Hillsboro Civic Center’s Shirley Huffman Auditorium.

In a statement provided afterward, Nava spoke to his motivation, purpose and drive.

“I am very grateful to know that my efforts were noticed. Also, I'd like to express my gratitude to all of you working for government, nonprofits, schools or other institutions, for opening doors to me and always giving me a warm and friendly welcome. This is probably the most precious thing to keep me happy and moved to act in community. Thank you for your kindness and professionalism," Nava wrote.

He added: “My beautiful Washington County is our home and every day we have the opportunity to enjoy it, witnessing its growth and its transformations. Everybody is part of this, in one way or another. As residents we can collaborate, each with our grain of sand, to continue with this effort. We can serve as an example, mentor people and youth, and continue to make our county and cities flourish today, and for future generations.”

The Committee for Community Involvement (CCI) for Washington County, consisting of Community Participation Organization (CPO) representatives, collects nominations for the award and selects recipients who demonstrate outstanding leadership engaging people in civic affairs. Mr. Nava was nominated by the Washington County Citizen Action Network. The award for 2015 was given to Katie Riley and Terry Hofferber Moore.

The award was initiated in 1998 following the untimely death of Dr. Harold M. Haynes of Forest Grove. Haynes was a citizen statesman and constant advocate for state land use Goal 1, requiring Citizen Involvement in all phases of planning.

Nava was selected for the award at the CCI meeting on January 31, where members heard from a presenter for each nominee. The CCI salutes the work of each 2016 nominee:

  • “United We Stand” Student Leaders: Organizers of a Forest Grove High School walkout sparked a movement throughout Washington County, leading to an outline of solutions to improve school climates and engagement with decision-makers.
  • Jeff Petrillo: A Steering Committee member of CPO 7-Bethany, Rock Creek, Sunset West who has contributed positive leadership in planning and community participation.
  • Neighbors for Smart Growth: Grassroots group that has made a long-term and ongoing commitment to community livability.

About Community Participation Organizations

The CPO mission is to encourage and empower public involvement. In Washington County, 12 of the 17 CPOs are active with volunteer leaders who conduct public community meetings on informational and educational topics. Find CPO meetings details and sign up for notices and news from Washington County.

Find out more about CPO volunteering

Contact a Washington County Community Engagement Program Coordinator: Kari Herinckx, 503-846-6283, or Dan Schauer, 503-846-6287.

Media Contact:

Michael Dahlstrom, Community Engagement Program Manager