Left to right, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Trina Janes (Women’s Commissioner), Aline Lauture (Unsung Heroine awardee), Peggy Montes (Women’s Commission Chair) and Commissioner Larry Suffredin. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Suffredin’s office

Evanston resident Aline Lauture received the 2011 Unsung Heroine Award from the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. The award was presented by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The Annual Unsung Heroine Awards were presented during the March 15 Cook County Board Meeting.

The Unsung Heroine Award honors remarkable women who have not received widespread recognition as a way to bring their stories to light, to thank them, and to celebrate their achievements in Cook County. 

Ms. Lauture was honored for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the people of Haiti. She founded the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti (www.haitian

congress.org), an organization for providing proactive assistance. Ms. Lauture assisted Haitian refugees escaping political persecution in the 1990s and mobilized humanitarian relief efforts after Hurricane Jeanne struck in 2004 and after the January 2010 earthquake.

“Aline Lauture has dedicated herself to our community and to helping the people in Haiti. She is truly an unsung heroine for the incredible humanitarian relief effort she helped to coordinate locally following the recent natural disasters in Haiti,” said Commissioner Suffredin.