AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism

Herbalists Working Together for a Better Future! $1500 Award for 2020 Recipient.
Nominations for 2020 are now open through October 1, 2020.

Criteria:
• You can nominate yourself, your group/project or another individual or group/project.
• Candidates may be an individual, organization, institution, or other entity.
• Candidates do not have to be members of the AHG.

To Nominate a Candidate: Please send their name, description of the work being done to promote diversity, and an explanation (in your own words) of why you believe this person, project or group should be considered for the award. If possible provide links to any websites that describe the service they are providing. Be sure to include your name and contact information and send to office@americanherbalistsguild.com

The AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism is an annual award from the American Herbalists Guild to recognize outstanding accomplishments in herbal medicine that address health care needs, and strengthen herbal traditions, heritage, and wisdom within diverse communities. This award works to recognize leaders in our herbal community for their outstanding contribution to diversity in American herbalism and who has contributed significantly to supporting marginalized communities within the US. The herbal community is lucky to have so many herbal activists who are committed to supporting a diverse community and herbal history, who represent the underrepresented and underserved, and have shown leadership through education, empowerment, service, and advocacy. Above all, this award recognizes herbalists speaking with their own voices and on their own behalf, lifting people up and making a positive impact on their communities. 

The recipent of the 2020 Community Service Award will recieve a plaque award and recognition at the Online Silent Auction Launch. In addition, the recipient will receive funding in the form of a cash award to further their community efforts. Funding is made possible by donations and contributions received from the AHG Annual Silent Auction Benefit.

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About the 2019 Winner: Olatokunboh Obasi and the Well of Indigenous Wisdom

We are pleased to announce Olatokunboh Obasi as the winner of the AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice. Ola was chosen for this award based on her work in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. We are deeply inspired by Ola’s work. Not only did she offer free clinics to those in need following the hurricane, but also her ongoing work in her community focuses on education, empowerment, and sharing of indigenous traditions and wisdom. Ola’s work truly encompasses community roots, serving and empowering, as well as building capacity and increasing individual and collective wisdom, skills and traditions of marginalized groups. We are thrilled for Ola to accept this award.

Ola began to learn the art of healing at the age of 9 and is of indigenous East and West African lineages. Her roots are grounded in Africa. She holds an MS in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, is a board certified nutritionist, a doula, and a certified dance and yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition.

Though her accomplishments are many, Ola says that education is where her heart lies. She has taught at universities, herbalism schools, churches, community organizations and conferences. Ola’s family and teenage children are part of the community effort at Omaroti, and assist her in making many of the herbal formulas. Ola is truly the embodiment of all that this award stands for.