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Mayor Gray Gives Inaugural Pat Handy Award to Ariana Quiñones-Miranda

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mayor Gray Gives Inaugural Pat Handy Award to Ariana Quiñones-Miranda

Award Honors District Government Employees Who Render Extraordinary Service

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today gave the first Patricia “Pat” Handy Public Service Award to Ariana Quiñones-Miranda, Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services BB Otero. Quiñones-Miranda was honored for her dedication to helping District residents, and particularly for her commitment to bringing various District agencies and service providers together to help residents who have gotten into potentially dangerous situations through hoarding.

“The Pat Handy Award honors the memory of a District employee who went above and beyond the call of duty every day to help our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor Gray said. “Ariana’s commitment to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of District residents is second to none, and I can’t think of anyone more worthy to receive the inaugural Handy Award.”

Mayor Gray said those who nominated Quiñones-Miranda for the honor noted her extraordinary ability to connect agencies, with the systematic goal of providing practical help to residents. She is known for investing countless hours and energy – both on duty and on her personal time – to meet the needs of residents.

Quiñones-Miranda has been a District resident for more than 20 years, and joined the DC government in March of 2011. Prior to that, she spent 17 years working in the non-profit sector. Involved in education-reform efforts in the District since the early 1990s, her interest in education and advocacy deepened after she and her husband became foster parents to a 15-year-old.

The Handy Award was created in memory of longtime DC Department of Human Services employee Pat Handy, who passed away in November. Handy was known for her extraordinary commitment to helping homeless District residents improve their lives.