Saheli’s Recent Awards

By: Mani Dixit

Since 1996, Saheli has been providing necessary services to South Asian women and families. In recognition of their work, Saheli has received the following recognition listed below in the past two years:

Usha Vakil Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Leader Bank

ushaUsha Vakil, Saheli Board member was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at the Woman of the Year annual banquet on June 4th, 2015 by Sushil Tulii, President of Leader Bank.

Usha Vakil was recognized for her work and commitment to help, inspire and support South Asian women across New England, and in particularly her efforts to combat and end domestic violence has been nothing less than a prototype for today’s youth. Many well-known personalities including Sushil Tulii, Dr. Manju Seth, Kaplesh Kumar (IAGB President in 1996) not only applauded and cheered her accomplishment but also spoke of her dedication, hard work and nerves of steel.

Saheli rated a 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit

greatnonprofitSaheli was honored with a 2015 Top-Rated Award by Great Nonprofits (the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations) on September 22nd, 2015. Saheli received this recognition based on the large number of positive reviews Saheli received from volunteers, donors and clients describing our program and services.

In 2015, Saheli supported 261 individual women and their families, organized over ten community education workshops and three youth workshops as well as presented at multiple conferences.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Exemplary Service

Saheli was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Exemplary Service on October 15th 2015 by the Asian American Commission (AAC) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This award was presented to honor Saheli’s longstanding and exemplary dedication to support the Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) community.

Senior Domestic Violence Advocate Salita Mehta gets an Award

salitaSalita Mehta, Saheli’s Senior Domestic Violence Advocate was honored for her ten years of service helping victims and survivors by Massachusetts Office For Victim Assistance (MOVA).

The ceremony was held at the World Trade Center, and attended by Maura Healy, Mass Attorney General, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, hosted by Liam Lowney, Executive Director of MOVA and district attorneys for two counties.

Saheli Family Services Coordinator Receives Award for Service

Rita Shah, Saheli’s Family Services Coordinator was honored with the National Asian American and Pacific Islander
rita csa 8Heritage Month Community Service Award for her community service and for embracing diversity on 9th May 2016. Partners in Transportation Diversity Committee, a group within the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, nominated her for the award. To learn more, read the India New England article.

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