Human Relations Committee


  • Andrew Hosmer Mayor
  • David Stamps, Chair, email
  • Heather Stanley
  • Linda Thanas
  • David Osman
  • Patrick Wood
  • Carrie Chandler
  • Rev. Judith Wright
  • Carol Pierce
  • Matt Soza
  • Kay Anderson
  • Patricia Weatherbee
  • Seifu Ragassa
  • Janet Simmon 

Members of the Committee are appointed by the Mayor and are subject to reappointment on an annual basis.

About the Committee

Following are links to the Committee's Policies & Procedures and Vision & Mission documents:

Laconia Human Relations Committee - Policies & Procedures
Laconia Human Relations Committee - Vision & Mission

Our Vision:

The Laconia Human Relations Committee envisions a world where everyone is treated with dignity, fairness, respect and kindness.

 Our Mission:

The Committee shall strive to:

a)  Cultivate a community-wide climate that does not tolerate prejudice of any kind which undermines the dignity of any person.

b)  Engage every individual, group and organization in Laconia in support of our vision.

c)  Educate ourselves and our children about the presence and dehumanizing impact of any prejudicial attitudes that are currently at work in our community.

d)  Promote, in as many segments of our community life as is possible, policies and practices which encourage equal opportunity through equity and justice for all.

e)  Proactively resist and publicly condemn any practices or incidents in our community which either result from or might encourage prejudice, intolerance, harassment and discrimination.

 Our Goals:

The Committee shall:

a)  Educate about and establish a comfort level with the changing face of our community by working with individuals, City Council, business groups, service, health and educational institutions.

b)  Actively pursue the prevention of prejudice, intolerance, harassment and discrimination in our community through public discourse, media exposure, community action and education on these issues.

c)  Create programs and initiatives in furtherance of our vision such as the Welcoming Laconia Initiative, the Laconia Multicultural Festival and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.