Correia Receives “Heritage Day of Portugal” Award
By Kevin Rudden Staff Reporter/Columnist · July 14, 2011
Alberto Correia (second from left) is seen at the Massachusetts State House with his mother, Julia Correia of Milford, his wife, Sharon, and state Representative John Fernandes (left to right) after receiving his "Heritage Day of Portugal" award.
Alberto Correia of Milford was one of nine recipients statewide selected to receive the "Heritage Day of Portugal" award at the event's 27th anniversary, held on June 7 at the Massachusetts State House. Correia was nominated and selected based on his decades of experience helping people of Portuguese descent in the area learn to acclimate to a new country, and for his numerous voluntary endeavors throughout the community and the region.
"It was a special honor for me to nominate Al Correia for this recognition," said state Representative John Fernandes, D. Milford. "He exhibits all of the selfless character traits and positive qualities that everyone in the Commonwealth, regardless of his or her nationality, can appreciate and value as he is the epitome of a well-rounded, civic-minded and charitable citizen."
"It's a very large honor to be selected as somebody who has given back to the community," said Correia. "I never thought anything I did was special. I'm just paying back for all the people who helped me over the years and other people like me."
Correia, the Executive Vice President of Business Alliances at Cambridge Biomedical, maintains strong roots in Milford, where he lives with his wife Sharon, a biotech communications professional, and their two daughters. Alexis is a teacher in Milford and Emily is a biology student at the College of the Holy Cross.
Correia proudly served as the 49th Mayor of the Prospect Heights of Milford – an organization in existence for more than 50 years and dedicated to the ideal that recently arrived Portuguese families and families from 5 other countries can live together harmoniously in one thriving neighborhood. In addition to his extensive business travels over the years – which have taken him to such diverse localities as France, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Soviet Union – Correia has been actively involved in local public service, religious and charitable activity, regional musical appreciation, and many distinguished areas of community service.
Correia hosts three local cable TV shows: That Milford Show, TMS – Political Review and TMS – Medical Review. He currently serves on the Milford Finance Committee, the Saint Mary's Church Finance Committee and the Claflin Hill Symphony Board of Directors. In addition, Correia is very active as a board member of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester and as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He still finds the time to play hockey two nights a week.
The "Heritage Day of Portugal" award recognizes individuals who have excelled in their lives and who serve as role models for others to emulate. The awards are presented at the Heritage Day of Portugal statewide ceremony, held annually in the House of Representatives Chamber in the Massachusetts State House. More than 75,000 Portuguese Americans live in Massachusetts in communities including Fall River, New Bedford, Hudson, Milford, Peabody, Lowell, Stoughton and Taunton.