Broadway Lay Leader Honored For Many Years of Service
Broadway Lay Leader Conrad Damian received a couple honors this past fall 2014 for his more than four decades of public service and the critical role he has played in assisting in building a number of community organizations.
First, on Oct. 23, he was honored for his 25 years of service to AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist, including serving as its president for its first 18 years.
Then on Dec. 1 he was honored with the F. Jay Nimtz Award for Exemplary Public Service by the Mayor’s Office and the South Bend Heritage Foundation. It was created in 1989 to recognize those who have served the community through various volunteer activities.
Besides serving in a number of volunteer and leadership capacities at Broadway over the past 45 years, he was also instrumental in the development of such organizations as AIDS Ministries and the Southeast Side PAC neighborhood organization. He was president of the Indiana Housing Coalition and helped establish the Boys and Girls Club in 1974.
At Broadway he helped develop the free Sunday Community Dinner in 1982 and for the last 32 years has served at its coordinator. Always with an affinity for young people, he has led Broadway youth groups and was a teacher in South Bend schools for more than 25 years.
He has also been an outspoken advocate for the poor and the homeless on many occasions and has worked with international groups. He has spoken at many churches and organizations on issues ranging from poverty to immigration to sacramental worship.
Now retired from teaching, Conrad continues to spend much of his time in support of Broadway and social and economic justice issues.
Conrad was presented with the Nimtz award by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the executive director of South Bend Heritage, Marco Mariani.
“Conrad is an example of someone who has given an unbelievable amount of his time and energy volunteering to make the community a better place,” said Mayor Buttigieg.
“I appreciate the fact that South Bend recognizes people who believe in doing what's good for the city, and I am very pleased be considered one of those people,” Conrad said. “It is the people that you are with that enrich your life, and I've been fortunate to really meet wonderful people and have them encourage me to be a better citizen."