The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 4, 2010

UPJ names Distinguished Alumni Award winner

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JOHNSTOWN —

As a result, the Celaque area is becoming a major agricultural food production center with more than 95 tons of vegetable produce being shipped each week to distributors including Wal-Mart and other food distribution chains.

In addition to his role with PAG, Thomas is founder and president of the Honduran Community Health Network, co-founder of the Mosquitia Coast Development Organization and serves as vice president of the Federation of Voluntary Development Organizations of Honduras.

He received the 2006 World Health Program Award for outstanding community health programs in Latin America.

He received the 2009 Honduras Environment Award, the highest environmental award in Honduras.

Maintaining a strong commitment to education, Thomas developed PAG into a living classroom for thousands of college students from around the globe who have visited the area. The PAG organization built the Los Pinos Environmental Center, which serves as a facility for ecotourists and students.

On learning of his selection for the award, Thomas said, “I am humbled with the news of this award as it has been God who has provided me this privilege to work with those in need in Central America and by doing so, honor his name. Our work over these past 39 years has been fun, challenging, and very rewarding, as is this acknowledgement from the alumni of Pitt-Johnstown. I am very grateful.”

Tickets to Pitt-Johnstown Proud can be purchased by calling 269-2080. The registration deadline is Thursday.

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