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Hispanic Heritage Month



hispanicmonth300Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates the Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. These five countries all declared independence on September 15, 1821.

The purpose of the celebratory month is to recognize the contributions and vital presence of both Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to observe their native heritage and contributing culture. It first started out as just a week long celebration of in 1968. Twenty years later, in 1988 it expanded to dedicate a whole four weeks for the celebration of being Hispanic.

The Council on Aging recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate their heritage and culture through special events.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multi-ethnic and multicultural customs of their community. 

National Meals on Wheels Honors Wilda Belisle



Meals on Wheels America recently honored Wilda Belisle, Nutrition Director for Osceola Council on Aging in Kissimmee with the Sister Alice Marie Quinn Award. “Wilda has committed herself to serving the most vulnerable seniors of Osceola County with her whole heart, just as Sister Alice Marie Quinn did for the seniors of Los Angeles,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “We are thrilled to be able to honor Wilda for her visionary leadership and effectiveness, and her incredible contribu-tions to the Meals on Wheels movement. She is truly the embodiment of the spirit that this award represents.”

With Sister Alice Marie’s legacy in mind, this award honors a current leader in the Meals on Wheels network who embodies her compassion, dedication and contribution, and who works to unite and advance the nationwide Meals on Wheels movement.

“This is such a great honor for me because I have worked with our community in Osceola County for over 25 years and I love working with our seniors in providing them not just a good meal, but companionship too,” said Belisle. “We have such a great team and family at the Osceola Council on Aging, and I am so grateful for the hard work, dedication and compassion our team provides our seniors. To win this award means the world to me because I admire what Sister Alice Marie Quinn has done for Meals on Wheels.” Wilda has, for the last 16 years, steered the Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program — with determination and grit — into a successful, nationally-recognized program. And through her compassionate vision, every one of the Council’s nutrition clients is seen as part of a family.

In 2007, Wilda was selected by Meals on Wheels America as a Nutrition Leadership Fellow. She went on to lead a March for Meals Campaign that was recognized by Meals on Wheels America in 2014 as an outstanding campaign and was a vocal and active advocate calling for increased federal funding during the 2017 #SaveLunch Campaign.

The Osceola Council on Aging extends Congratulations to Wilda on this great honor.