The 13th Annual “All-Chelsea Awards” will be presented this upcoming Monday night, Oct. 27, to nine individuals and entities that have improved the lives of local residents and enhanced the city’s overall civic standing.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony at City Hall or watch the proceedings live on Chelsea Cable Television, beginning at 6 p.m.
Headlining the awards program is the selection of Superintendent Mary Bourque as the Lifetime Achievement award winner. Bourque has been a Chelsea teacher, assistant principal, principal, deputy superintendent, and is completing her third year as superintendent.
Among her numerous recognitions, she was awarded the 2013 Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education.
The remaining eight awards recognize service and achievement over the last year and include:
- Public Official – Senator Sal DiDomenico
- Community Organization – Fr. Edgar Gutierrez-Duarte
- Business – Renee Caso-Griffin
- Resident under 21 – Jomaira Moreno
- Resident 21-64 – Lisa Santagate
- Resident 65 and older – Jack Fraser
- Contributing Stakeholder – Arthur T. Demoulas
- Project – Chelsea Empty Bowls.
“A significant reason that Chelsea’s stock continues to be on the rise is the contribution of so many towards the advancement of our community. These nine are representative of all the good that many do to promote our city and address the needs of our residents. We are fortunate to have them working among and for us,” said City Manager Jay Ash, the coordinator of the All-Chelsea Awards (ACA) Committee.
Two dozen community leaders selected the nine recipients from a list of over 50 nominees. Those nominees are submitted by community stakeholders and are voted upon in a secret ballot process. The recipients will be introduced by other community advocates and give short acceptance speeches. State and local officials are also expected to attend and speak at what is typically one of the most uplifting events on the Chelsea calendar annually.