The largest paper in the city, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, honored one stand out citizen from RVA for the second year in a row today, and while mayor elect Levar Stoney took the big prize, Diversity Richmond’s President Bill Harrison was among those nominated.
“I’m quite humbled I am one of the most blessed people I know and I mean that,” said Harrison after today’s event. “This was completely unexpected and I love being a part of my community and it is a privilege to be at this stage in my life to represent the community.”
Harrison was among 20 nominees, including Stoney, for the title of “Richmonder of the Year” which aims to spotlight ”notable individuals who have built up the Richmond region.”
Other nominees this year included retired Virginia Commonwealth University administrator Grace E. Harris, Tim Kaine, vice presidential candidate, and Richmond Ballet artistic director Stoner Winslett.
He thanked the Diversity Richmond Board of Directors for entrusting him with the responsibility of running the city’s largest LGBTQ-focused non-profit, and was quick to mention his intention to share the honor.
“I don’t see this as a recognition of me, I see it as a recognition of the community,” he said. “Everyday I’m reminded of how blessed I am to be a member of the wonderful Richmond LGBTQ community – I learn something new everyday. And this year I’ve been challenged on new issues and because of that I’ve grown personally and professionally.”
Last year the honor was given to the Richmond 2015 team which was responsible for bringing the UCI Bike race to the city.