Human Relations Committee
- Andrew Hosmer Mayor
- David Stamps
- Heather Stanley
- Linda Thanas
- David Osman
- Patrick Wood, Chair
- Carrie Chandler
- Rev. Judith Wright
- Carol Pierce
- Matt Soza
- Kay Anderson
- Patricia Weatherbee
- Seifu Ragassa
- Janet Simmon
Members of the Committee are appointed by the Mayor and are subject to reappointment on an annual basis.
About the Committee
Following are links to the Committee's Policies & Procedures and Vision & Mission documents:
The Laconia Human Relations Committee envisions a world where everyone is treated with dignity, fairness, respect and kindness.
The Committee shall strive to:
a) Cultivate a community-wide climate that is welcoming to the individuality and dignity of each person.
b) Include every individual, group and organization in Laconia in support of our vision.
c) Educate ourselves and our children about the presence and dehumanizing impact of prejudicial attitudes.
d) Promote policies and practices which encourage equal opportunity through equity and justice for all.
e) Proactively resist and publicly condemn any practices or incidents in our community which either result from or might encourage prejudice, intolerance, harassment and discrimination.
The Committee shall:
a) Support the changing face of our community by working with individuals, City Council, business groups, service, health and educational institutions.
b) Actively pursue the prevention of prejudice, intolerance, harassment and discrimination in our community through public discourse, media exposure, and community action to raise awareness about these issues.
c) Create programs and initiatives in furtherance of our vision such as the Welcoming Laconia Initiative, the Laconia Multicultural Festival and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.