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Sterling Heights to honor diversity champions

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Five Sterling Heights people and businesses will be recognized next week for being champions of diversity, city officials announced Wednesday.

The Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee will present its eighth annual Diversity Distinction awards at the City Council’s Dec. 1 meeting.

“All of these honorees strengthen Sterling Heights’ quality of life through their dedication to making Sterling Heights a community of inclusion and cultural understanding,” said Andrew Pulford, chair of Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee, in a statement.

“Each winner of this year’s award has earned distinction and we are very pleased to join the City Council in sharing their accomplishments with the community.”

The following individuals and businesses will be honored:

■Carmen Bordea, an immigrant from Romania and a refugee services coordinator with Lutheran Social Services.

■William Dechavez, a longtime resident of Sterling Heights who served 12 years on the Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee and is a member of the Filipino American Community Council.

■Oras Yono, owner of Dream Dollar and Dream Market.

■Fadl Maatouk, owner of Maatouk Bakery and a supporter of events sponsored by the Ethnic Community Committee, such as the annual Cultural Exchange.

■Max’s Deli, owned by Al Trajkowski. The deli has been in Sterling Heights for nearly 30 years and offers food from various cultures.

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