December 1, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) is pleased to announce its Annual International Human Rights Day Awards Celebration. The celebration will be held virtually, on December 14, 2022, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Cape Media is the media sponsor and will showcase the program on Channel 98.

The BCHRAC will present two human rights awards at the celebration: Matthew Levesque will receive the Rosenthal Community Champion Award and Barbara Burgo will receive the Cornerstone Award. Former Human Rights Coordinator, the late Susan Quinones, will be honored and her family will receive the Tim McCarthy Award on her behalf.

The theme of this year’s celebration is Healthcare is a Human Right: Promoting Quality Healthcare for All and will include a roundtable discussion on healthcare and health equity on Cape Cod. Unsung Health Access and Equity Heroes and Heroines will be celebrated, including Terry Alves-Hunter, G. Leo Blandford, Melanie Braveman & Molly Purdue, Debra Dagwan, Joanne Geake, Paul Hebert, Ron Hoffman, Michael Mecenas, Ayanna Parent, Danny Rodrigues, and Outer Cape Health Services.

Event registration can be found here:

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION: The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit, and health care. Learn more at

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAPE COD:  Barnstable County provides exemplary government functions and services to keep our community healthy and safe, promote sustainable growth, and offer a proactive, open government that enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Barnstable County. Learn more at

MEDIA CONTACT: Leslie Dominguez-Santos, Human Rights Coordinator,