IMG_20140902_134843.jpgIrma Cornier was raised in Chicago, Illinois where she grew up in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.  She is the oldest of three siblings.  She comes from humble beginnings and a background of community activism with the heart to serve the public.

She was raised by her grandparents with a high set of morals and values instilled in her from an early age.  Her grandfather has always been involved with the community by serving as a minister after he completed his tour and served his country in the Korean War during the 1950s.  She is truly proud of her grandfather a Borinqueneer who has taught her that humanity is precious and must be protected and nourished by serving the community and acknowledging the importance of life regardless of the socio-economic background.

Irma had a long arduous path to pursue her dreams of attending college and became the first person in her family to obtain a degree.  She attended Columbia College Chicago and earned her B.A. in Media.  She later decided to pursue a graduate degree and continued her studies and earned her M.A. in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago.

Her dedication to her community has been extensive.  She has conducted outreach to the residents of the Belmont Cragin area by organizing events that enriched a sense of being as a whole, which integrated the purpose of providing the neighborhood with accessible resources and a positive outlook in the inner city. For over ten years she has coordinated back to school rallies, health fairs, free music events, was involved in feeding the homeless programs, collected clothing and donations for both orphanages in Columbia and Mexico, distributed toys to neighborhood children, and collected medical supplies for Lydia Home.

She has a true passion and calling for social justice which ignited her to become profoundly involved in community engagements with both the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and campaigns and organizations that fight against Human Trafficking.  Irma is a selfless individual and has always maintained true to her causes.

Irma has also dedicated her life to helping Veterans obtain their benefits and long overdue medals.  She has worked tirelessly for several years to help countless of veterans receive the recognition and honor they deserve including her own grandfather.  Irma made it possible for her grandfather to receive the acknowledgement and correct his military papers to add his Purple Heart from combat wounds received in the front lines as an infantryman.  Her grandfather finally received his Purple Heart, 59 years later, after serving this country.  With the determination of his granddaughter, in 2011 she was right by her grandfather’s side when he received his medal in Chicago at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

She is a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, a member of the Chicago Veterans, a member of the Keepers of the Flame/Sickle Cell Disease nonprofit, Destiny Hope USA/Orphanage in Mexico, a member of the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, and a member of the Cook County Religious Volunteer Program.



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