The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, Niagara University president, was recently presented with a service award from the Turkish Cultural Center at Buffalo and the Peace Islands Institute.
The honor is granted in recognition of exemplary services and contribution to the service learning education in fighting poverty.
The Turkish Cultural Center and the Peace Islands Institute co-organized its Fourth Annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Nov. 26, which brought academics, elected officials and other community leaders together to promote diversity, peace and mutual understanding through dialogue. Levesque was unable to attend this year's event, prompting his receipt of the award on Dec. 7.
According to its website, in line with the spirit and passion of the Turkish-American community, the Turkish Cultural Center is dedicated to fostering national and global peace, harmony and security through promotion of education, intercultural understanding, democracy and respect for human rights and dignity. The Turkish Cultural Center hopes for a more secure and peaceful world, where people of different cultures, religions, races and creeds embrace one another without any prejudices.
The Turkish Cultural Center at Buffalo was founded in December 2005 by the Turkish-American community in Buffalo to increase awareness of Turkish culture, music, literature and arts in the society; to build strong bridges between Turkish and American peoples based on respect, understanding and tolerance; and to help Turkish immigrants and refugees adapt to the life in Buffalo and America.