Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has honored the work of Nicole “Nicky”’ Hylton-Patterson, the executive director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, a project of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).
The group presented her with Adirondack Wild’s 2020 Wild Stewardship Award in recognition of her initiating and elevating conversations about race, shared power and influence in the Adirondack region over the past year. Such conversations are integral to improved and shared stewardship of the Adirondack Park.
Hylton-Patterson, joined by the ADI’s volunteers, leads this educational work. Adirondack Wild’s award recognizes Hylton-Patterson’s intelligence, personality, and courage, in addition to her collaborative and educational talents, which have all been brought to bear on anti-racism progress in the Adirondack Park.
“Nicky’s ‘Anti-Racism 101’ and other seminars are breaking down barriers and opening eyes, minds, and hearts. In just one year, cooperators have learned from her how to become accomplices through the consequential work of learning to become an antiracist,” reads Adirondack Wild’s award letter.
“We, too, wish to grow as an accomplice because we want the Adirondack region to be a welcoming place for people of all colors and backgrounds, and because for we have a vital, vested interest in the park’s care, protection, and stewardship,” said Adirondack Wild’s managing partner David Gibson. “If people of all colors and backgrounds don’t feel welcome in the park, why would they feel ownership, obligation and responsibility to support the Adirondack Park’s protection, its communities, finances and forever wild constitution.”
Read the full article in the Albany Times Union.