Dace Copeland, head of the board of education for the World Federation of Free Latvians (Pasaules brīvo latviešu apvienība, or PBLA), has been awarded a Cabinet of Ministers Certificate of Recognition for her selfless and successful work for Latvia and its people.
The Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration Affairs announced Jan. 2 that Integration Minister Oskars Kastēns would award the certificate to Copeland.
Copeland, who lives in the U.S. state of Michigan and is a member of the Kalamazoo Latvian community, is a former past president of the American Latvian Assocation. In 2002, she became the first woman elected to the post.
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