Another kababayan who hails from Bacon District made a remarkable contribution to our City. His name is Mr. Willie Dechavez, He is an Educator who migrated in the United States and successfully pursued his career in education. Through his initiative, he made a way to link Sorsogon City to Sterling Heights in Michigan where he is the chairperson of the Ethnic Community Committee and Michigan National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA).
Willie D. Dechavez has served as the Executive Director of NaFFAA Midwest Convention 2003, Vice-Chair of the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) board member of Philippine-American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), and Executive Director of the Filipino-American Political Association of Michigan (FAPAM).He is an active cultural chairperson of the Council of Asia Pacific Americans ( CAPA) in Michigan.
He holds government-appointed positions: past Macomb County Historical Commissioner, former member of the Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Development Authority, City of Southfield; the current chairperson of the Ethnic Community Issues Committee, City of Sterling Heights. He was appointed three years ago by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as a member of the Advisory Council for Asian-American Pacific Affairs.
Willie received the 2002 Banaag Presidential Award for Filipinos Overseas, 2002 Governor Service Award, 2001 Macomb County Volunteer of the Year Award, 1997 Fulbright Teacher Japan Travel, 2001 Michigan Teacher of the Year -Finalist, and the Marygrove College Professional Teacher Award. He also received the 2005 MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award and was the 2005 Diversity Champion awardee.
Willie is an educator with the Detroit Public Schools. He earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration from Wayne State University. He is married to Winifred and blessed with an only child, Jacqueline.