Reverend Myreille “Mimi” Daniel of the North Shore Evangelical Missionary Church was honored at the State House on Tuesday by the Mass. Black and Latino Legislative Caucus as part of their Second Annual Black Excellence on the Hill ceremony. The event was described as “A celebration of Black culture, excellence and achievement in the Commonwealth,” and honored over 30 people from across the state. In addition to members of the caucus, the crowd heard remarks from Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. Each honoree, all nominated by legislators, were applauded individually with a special citation from the caucus.
Rev. Daniel was nominated by Rep. Joseph McGonagle of Everett, who spoke about Rev. Daniel saying “I’ve known Rev. Mimi for a long time and she is one of the most giving and compassionate individuals I have ever met. Everything she does, she does for the good of the community.”
The event program highlighted just some of the many achievements of the honorees, and Rev. Daniel’s accomplishments included founding Haitian Teens for a Positive Change, Operation Make a Difference, Haitian American Youth Congress, North Shore Rescue Mission, and the Association of Women in Ministry. Additionally, her Women’s Ministry at the church is divided into four age groups, aimed at targeting the specific needs of that generation by addressing issues such as anxiety, depression and aging through workshops, group prayers, meditations and counseling as well as day trips and home care. Her Youth Ministry specializes in providing leadership, support and community for children, guiding them towards healthy choices.
“Rev. Mimi is a tremendous advocate for the underserved and underprivileged,” said McGonagle. “I am a better person and public servant thanks to her friendship and guidance.”
The 2nd Annual Black Excellence on the Hill was held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Great Hall of Flags at the Statehouse in Boston, sponsored by the Mass. Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.