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Patricia Fairclough wins In the Company of Women Award in the Young Professional Category

MIAMI (February 22, 2018)

Patricia Fairclough has been selected as one of 13 amazing women for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Young Professional.

This remarkable woman overcame a youth marked by poverty and homelessness to win college scholarships, graduate summa cum laude from Florida A&M University, and rise through the ranks of Miami-Dade schools to become Principal of G.W. Carver Elementary School while simultaneously serving as Vice Mayor of Homestead.

Fairclough began to distinguish herself as an energetic and gifted leader at Homestead’s Air Base K-8 Magnet School of International Education, where she was named “Rookie Teacher of the Year” for her influence in the lives of students and for her teaching talents. While working as a reading coach and gifted student teacher, she became heavily involved in a variety of administrative affairs, serving as a liaison between primary teachers and administration, as Co-Chair of EESAC (Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee), and as PTA liaison.

In her early to mid-thirties, Fairclough was gaining important administrative and leadership experience in her role as assistant principal when she was elected City of Homestead Councilwoman in 2011. She served a four-year term and went on to another four-year term as Councilwoman, as well as a two-year term as Vice Mayor. As Councilwoman, she currently serves as chair of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Grants Liaison, the Community Relations Board, the Education Committee, the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Human Resources Liaison.

Through her role with Homestead’s Youth Council, and driven by her compelling desire to better the community and give young people a chance to rise above their circumstances as she herself did, she helps raise money to provide scholarships to graduating seniors through the “Coins for College” campaign. She also personally provides a $1,000 scholarship every year to a graduating senior whose family cannot afford college tuition.

Having lost her mother recently to breast cancer, Fairclough provides mammograms to underinsured women throughout the county in her quest to help other women prevent cancer fatality through early detection.

Fairclough’s astounding level of community activism in the face of her background gives witness to her powerful work ethic, astute mind, and sincere heart for uplifting children, our future, and the entire community.

Patricia Fairclough will receive her award at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-company-of-women-awards-ceremony-2018-tickets-42354897639. For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.

In the Company of Women takes place each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  For more information call (305) 375-4967, email cfw@miamidade.gov; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.