OCA Asian Pacific Islander American Advocates Utah held their 21st annual Utah Asian Pacific Islander Community Awards Evening on November 9, 2019, in West Valley Metropolis, Utah. Beneath the route of OCA Utah Contemporary President Emilio Manuel Camu, who is the Director of the Pilipino American Affiliation of Utah, the evening used to be enjoyed by all who attended. Elections were held to retract the 2020 Board for OCA Utah.
A Filipino buffet used to be catered by BFF Turon. and the Dosa Live Role used to be catered by Saffron Valley, two local drinking areas within the sphere. The raffle featured many prizes donated by the OCA Utah Board and local companies.
Floyd Mori, a Past Nationwide President and outmoded Nationwide Govt Director / CEO of the Eastern American Citizens League (JACL) and outmoded President / CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Reviews (APAICS) in Washington, DC, used to be honored with the Lifetime Fulfillment Award. Mori taught Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years and used to be a Mayor of the Metropolis of Pleasanton, California. He served as a Member of the California Disclose Assembly for six years. He has long been an suggest for Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations and factors. Mori used to be introduced by Verona Mauga, a previous president of OCA Utah. OCA Nationwide introduced Mori with an Prominent Citizen Award in 2012.
Receiving the Pillar of the Community Award used to be Jacob Fitisemanu, Jr., Council Member for West Valley Metropolis. Fitisemanu used to be born in New Zealand but used to be raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Taylorsville, Utah. He has lived in West Valley Metropolis for twelve years. He used to be appointed to the US Census Nationwide Advisory Council in 2014 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Nationwide Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. He used to be appointed in 2015 to the White Residence Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders the build apart he served until 2017. He oversees the Utah Division of Health Clinics of Utah program.
Other awardees for 2019 were: The Ohana Affiliation of Weber Disclose College (Youth Spirited Mountains Award), Ratsamy Bing Vilaiphanh (Spirit of the Community Award), Feagaiga O Ali’I (Living Treasures Award), and Nepalese Affiliation of Utah (Organization of the twelve months Award).
Some members of the Eastern American community of Salt Lake Metropolis who were honored within the previous by OCA Utah are: Mediate Raymond Uno, Wat Misaka, Irene Maya Ota, and Edith Mitko.
Mediate Uno used to be in attendance on the event as were Utah Disclose Senator Jani Iwamoto and Dr. Karen Kwan, Utah Disclose Representative, who used to be a founder of the OCA Utah Chapter and is Consultant to the Board.
The Salt Lake JACL Chapter and the Mount Olympus JACL Chapter supported the event by procuring tables for the Awards Evening.