On Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 the Irondequoit Town Board unanimously passed a resolution establishing the Irondequoit Commission Advancing Racial Equity (ICARE). The Town Board has charged ICARE with the responsibility to review, identify, develop and make recommendations about town policies, procedures, practices and programs that seek to build and grow a more equitable community.
The Mission of ICARE is: To advise the Irondequoit Town Board on how it can work to make Irondequoit a community where each individual is respected, valued and cherished regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or cultural identity.
APPLYING TO BE PART OF ICARE
The Irondequoit Commission Advancing Racial Equity will be an intentionally diverse group comprised of Irondequoit residents. ICARE will be led by three Co-Chairs who, in consultation with the Town Board, will select 12 members of the community to help lead ICARE as Committee Members. In addition to Committee Members, ICARE is also seeking individuals who are interested in participating as Working Group Members. The Commission will hold an open application process for all Irondequoit residents who are interested in applying to serve on ICARE.
Applications were accepted from Monday, October 26th through Friday, November 20th and the application window is currently closed. Please check back again soon for additional information on how you can participate in ICARE’s work.
*Please note – You must be a resident of the Town of Irondequoit to serve on ICARE*
ICARE NEWS AND UPDATES
The Irondequoit Commission Advancing Racial Equity will be led by three Co-Chairs appointed by the Town Board. The three Co-Chairs are Patrina Freeman, Margaret Burns, and Leslie Harvey.
Patrina Freeman is a dedicated resident of Irondequoit, is an Ordained Minister, loving wife and mother, and fearless advocate for the advancement of the common good. Born and raised here in Western New York, she earned a Master of Divinity in Theology from the historic Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2004. While attending Colgate, Patrina began her local community service work, and has continued to do so for the past two decades.
With her passion for community engagement and justice for all, she has spent the last several years working on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion with the Irondequoit Police Department’s Recruitment Advisory and Community Focus Committees; as well as the East Irondequoit Central School District's Diversity and Equity Committee.
Elected to public office on November 5, 2019, Patrina Freeman began her first term as a member of the Irondequoit Town Board. In 2020, she was selected to participate on the Policing Work Group of the Monroe County Race and Structural Equity Commission (RASE) and continues her work with other local civic groups to make our community a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable place for all.
An avid "guardian of equity," Patrina practices what she preaches by advocating that “there is enough room at the community table for everyone.”
Margaret (Schmidt) Burns is a lifelong resident of the Town of Irondequoit, and it is here, with her husband, Dave that they raised their four children. Margaret is a community volunteer and advocate. She respects and honors the work ahead as Co-Chair of ICARE (Irondequoit Commission Advancing Racial Equity). Her community work has primarily included boards and initiatives that serve youth and families, and includes the West Irondequoit Board of Education, The Center for Youth, Drug Free Irondequoit – Together, Memorial Art Gallery, and Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI). Margaret has been recognized by the Monroe County Legislature as Youth Advocate of the Year, by the Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross with the Exceptional Volunteer Award, and Center for Youth’s Cuminale Award for Volunteer Service. Margaret is a graduate of Monroe Community College, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Empire State College in Community and Human Services.
Leslie R. Harvey is a longtime resident of Irondequoit, NY and currently serves as Housing Outreach Administrator for The Housing Council at PathStone. Leslie is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Irondequoit Police Dept. and will serve as Co-Chair of ICARE (Irondequoit Commission Advancing Racial Equity). Leslie is a dedicated and strong advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and after much travel and coursework through NeighborWorks America became a Facilitated Trainer in February of 2019. Leslie also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Aenon Baptist Church, is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Theta Upsilon Sigma Chapter, and was a Finalist for ‘Community Leader of the Year’ at the Black Men Achieve Awards Gala in 2018. Leslie is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management