Each year the Fenway Community Development Corporation (FCDC) celebrates a leader who has made a significant contribution to the Fenway and its residents. On November 14, over 100 community members and friends joined the FCDC at the Susan Bailis Assisted Living in Boston to celebrate the inspiring leadership and dedicated service of Henia Handler, the Director of Government Affairs at Fenway Health. For two decades, Henia has been passionately advocating for quality healthcare access for all and securing resources to improve the quality of lives especially members in the LGBT community. Her work has particular resonance for FCDC as it was the first developer to create housing in the U.S. for people with HIV/AIDS.
In October, the FCDC board members created the Joyce Foster Community Impact Award in memory of Joyce Foster, the former board member with long-standing community service and mastermind of this Celebrating Community Leader event. It seems especially fitting that Henia Handler, a woman of great heart whose work has touched so many lives, should be its first recipient.
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