Barnstable County Human Rights Commission Honors Residents for Community Work

HYANNIS – The Barnstable County Human Rights Commission honored three local residents for their human rights work at the annual Human Rights Day Breakfast on Saturday.

The two Cornerstone Awards were presented to the residents at the event at the Hyannis Golf Club.

Laura Gill was honored for her work as a crisis and healthcare volunteer around the world and photographer Mark Chester for his portrait series of new U.S. citizens.

Gill has been raising awareness on the tragedy of human trafficking.

“It’s nice always to get acknowledged for work that you do, there’s so many people that do so much good work on Cape Cod and beyond, but at the same time, it feels good to be honored,” said Gill.

The Cornerstone Award honors County residents who have dedicated themselves to improving the human rights of their neighbors.

The Rosenthal Award was given to Barnstable Police Officer Brian Morrison for his outreach and volunteer work in the community.

Morrison is a coach and mentor to local youth in softball and hockey and students at the Hyannis East Elementary School.

“I really don’t do it for the awards, it just comes naturally, it was handed down through my parents, brothers and sisters and such to help others out when you can,” said Morrison.

The Award honors those in public service who have made human rights a focus of their work.  

The keynote speaker of the event was Meghan McCoy, the program coordinator for the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University.


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