Duxbury is a community that likes to give back. During the 21
st Annual Duxbury Community Volunteer Awards Dinner individuals were honored for their commitment to service and their dedication to Duxbury. More than 300 volunteers, all Duxbury residents, have been recognized at the annual dinner since the award’s inception.
Award winners included:
Karen Wong – Duxbury Community Volunteer of 2017
Mike Tenney, honored posthumously – The Lifetime Achievement Award
Lynn Marples – The Spirit of Bonnie Jernigan Award
Duxbury FACTS Committee – The Community Impact Award
The Duxbury High School Student Council – The Inaugural Harry Katz Award for Community Service
Lee Tenney accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, Mike Tenney. Here she talks with Village at Duxbury Resident Services Assistant Ninky Savage.
Deb Gallagher, Chapter Chair, Greater Duxbury AFS, (the international exchange program), nominated volunteer Len Marples who received the Spirit of Bonne Jernigan Award. Lynn’s AFS student, Nadia Graf of Switzerland, poses with Karen and Ling Wong.
The Duxbury FACTS coalition, which works to bring education, awareness, prevention, and assistance to individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues, was recognized for their work with a Community Impact Award. Members of the Duxbury FACTS steering committee are (from left to right): Sue Bradford and Karen Wong, accompanied by their guests, Jim Anello and Ling Wong.
Paul Casale, Sr., principal of Welch Senior Living gathers with Representative Josh Cutler (D) of the Sixth Plymouth District, Karen Wong, 2017 Duxbury Volunteer award recipient, and Kay Drake of the Duxbury Interfaith Council.
Alexis Dow, representing the Duxbury High School Student Council, accepted the inaugural Harry Katz Award for Community Service. More than 60 students are on the council and participate in a wide range of community service projects throughout the year. Alexis is pictured with Village at Duxbury staff member Joanna Dow.
Master of Ceremonies Jim Fagan and Marketing and Community Outreach Liaison for The Village at Duxbury co-hosted the evening’s event.
This year’s Duxbury volunteers honored at the annual dinner included: Joan Tozzi, Paul Brogna, Lynn Marples, Peter Andrew, Mark Piesco, Rep. Josh Cutler, Lee Tenney, Senator Patrick O’Connor, Stephanie Wooley, Sue Bradford, Karen Wong, Mi Kim, Martha Dennison, Ashley Stehn, Cheryl Ross, Geraldine Thomson, Bill Kearney, Andrea Tougas, Alexis Dow, Diana Masood, Shelley Beeby, and Deone Matichak. Missing from the photograph are: Gail McCormack, Pam Campbell Smith, and Rev. Catherine Cullen.
Duxbury Community Volunteer for 2017, Karen Wong, is shown here with her husband, Ling Wong.