HARTFORD - Three New Britain women were honored at Friday night’s “100 Women of Color Gala & Awards” ceremony at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford.
Shuana K. Tucker, chief talent officer for the New Britain School District, was one of the women honored. She is the district’s first talent officer and has held the position since August 2016.
She is working to increase the number of minority teachers in New Britain by preparing middle and high school students for careers in education. She has also fostered a close relationship between the school district and area universities, including Central Connecticut State University.
“I am humbled by this award. I feel blessed by the opportunities afforded to me in my life. My philosophy is and has always been to assist others so that they can succeed and be excellent in all they do,” Tucker said in a press release. “This applies not only to education and students and colleagues, but also civically. My family is rooted in the beliefs of ‘Lift as we climb’ and ‘To those whom much is given, much is required.’ My husband and I embrace this and are engaged in our community as we instill this in our son and local youth.”
Trinene Davis was also honored. The founder of Treasures by Trinene, she is a New Britain resident who thrives on leading by example when it comes to teaching and writing to make a difference in young lives.
She is a published children’s book author, youth coach, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, community advocate and a proud mother who has actively worked as a mentor for young children and adolescents for 30 years.
“I feel truly honored and blessed to be nominated and chosen to receive this prestigious award. I have a passion and a purpose for working with children. This award inspires me to continue to the work that I am doing to inspire, uplift, honor, support and celebrate the youth so they can believe and achieve with greatness,” Davis told the Herald in an email.
“It also makes me feel special to know that I am leaving an imprint in the lives of my beautiful daughter, Haniyah Anderson, and the youth in my community.”
Dayna Snell is another New Britain leader honored at the ceremony. Snell is the founder and executive director of the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. The center’s programs and rehearsals operate out of Trinity-on-Main.
An ad- ministrator with the state Department of Children and Family Services, Snell has volunteered on nights and weekends for 27 years to run a nonprofit that provides arts enrichment to children and teens of all abilities.
“I’m beyond grateful that someone saw fit to honor me in this way - in my lifetime. Most people aren’t recognized until after they’re gone,” said Snell. “I love that I’m from this community and what I’m doing is helping people who look like me from this community.”
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