Humanitarian of the Year


Humanitarian of the Year     
This award was established to give public recognition to a resident of Columbia Heights who has unselfishly contributed his/her time and effort helping people and promoting better understanding between people.  

Congratulations to the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year
Amada Màrquez Simula

Mayor & Amada Photo
Mayor Schmitt presented Amada with a plaque and certificate at the June 12th City Council meeting.  

Amada spends a great deal of time volunteering with Heights Next, an informal group for Columbia Heights residents desiring to create a more welcoming, vibrant and sustainable community. She is the administrator of the group’s Facebook page, serves on their Community Engagement Committee and organizes and facilitates their monthly meetings. She has assisted with the planning of two annual volunteer potluck dinners, movie nights, and the Columbia Heights community picnic.  She is working with the Farmers Market group to become an official non-profit 501c3.  Amada participated in the spring cleanup day, and the Jamboree parade.  She came up with the idea to have a “Jam Tasting” event as part of the Jamboree.  Amada is also involved with a neighborhood book club, the Community Prayer Breakfast, the Columbia Heights Community Education Advisory Council and Feed My Starving Children. 
Amada does all of this because of her love for our city, and her genuine desire to help others and build community.   

Nominations are accepted in the spring of each year, forms are available at City Hall or here. Applications from previous years are not retained.  Please contact the City Clerk at 763-706-3611 with questions.

Past Award Recipients