News Sen. Eric Lesser nominates Council president for 2021 Black Excellence on the Hill honors

On Feb. 26, Council President & CEO Michael Weekes of Longmeadow was celebrated as a 2021 Black Excellence on the Hill honoree at a virtual ceremony hosted by the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus in celebration of Black History Month.

Weekes was nominated by Senator Eric P. Lesser as a Black leader, trailblazer and changemaker who contributes to his local community.

“I extend my warmest congratulations to my friend, Michael, on this well-deserved award,” said Sen. Lesser. “Michael’s care and leadership for the community over the years has been consistent and unwavering, advocating for some of the most vulnerable children in the Commonwealth in his many years with the Department of Children and Families, and now his continued work as a voice for human service and direct care workers. I am grateful to the MBLLC for hosting this virtual event and for highlighting Black leaders and trailblazers across the Commonwealth.”

“On behalf of the women and men providing human services in over 185,000 jobs in the state, I accept this award as a testament to their essential value. I am humbled as a recipient of this award from the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and very appreciative of Sen. Eric Lesser, who is a champion of human services here and throughout the state, for recognizing the role the Providers’ Council plays in building stronger communities,”  Weekes said.

Watch a  video of Sen, Lesser’s virtual congratulatory message  here.

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