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Deanna Alterio Brennen, President & CEO, Niagara USA Chamber

“Father Levesque is an extraordinary individual. Personally, I have known him through my tenure at the chamber, but his reputation has been widely known and respected throughout our community for years. What I admire most about Father is his calming personality, quiet strength, and genuine concern for the well-being of the community at large. Through his leadership, he has made NU an integral partner in serving all people, especially those less fortunate, particularly in Niagara Falls and throughout Western New York. The university has grown by leaps and bounds under his guidance, both academically and through enriching the lives of the students and staff.

“Father Levesque has received numerous recognitions, one more deserving than the other, for his exemplary leadership throughout his presidency at Niagara University. On behalf of the chamber, I had the distinct honor of presenting him with the Community Advocate Award for 2013 during our annual dinner. It was a memorable evening and a first in that the award was renamed ‘The Father Joseph Levesque Award for Community Advocacy’ in his honor. The chamber will continue to recognize his legacy through this award and will always be reminded of one of the greatest advocates for the people of Niagara.”