On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement recognized 11,184.8 hours of volunteerism from students, including thirty-one students who contributed over 100 hours of their time.
Keynote Speaker Maria Milagros thanked the students and partners for their work and the impact they have made. “We are here to celebrate the communities that you helped build, and the ones you affected. We are here to celebrate you making a difference in the world, one day, one person at a time. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for making an impact.”
“I am honored to be here to recognize the service that you have all provided to our community,” noted MWCC President James Vander Hooven. “I am amazed that you are all able to volunteer at this level in addition to your academic and family responsibilities. You are a credit to our college and our community.”
In addition to student recognition, a number of individuals and organizations were honored.
The Hillary Bartlett Newsome Service-Learning Scholarship, awarded annually in memory of Hillary Bartlett, a dedicated community volunteer and MWCC alumni, was presented to Nahiomy Miller of Fitchburg.
Retiring MWCC Art professor Thomas Matsuda was honored with the Faculty Civic Engagement Award for his dedication to students and the many projects he led in the Gardner area.
“I am very honored for this award. I feel that my students are the ones that deserve this, for all of the volunteer work that they did and all of their talent,” Matsuda said of the honor.
Several additional awards were presented. The Service-Learning Scholarship was awarded to Angelica Butler of Gardner. Paige Landry of Gardner was awarded the Sharyn Rice Award and was recognized as the Newman Civic Fellow. The STEM Club was awarded the Above and Beyond Award.
LUK, Inc., was named Community Partner of the Year. Present to accept the award on behalf of LUK, Inc. were Hilary Amedy, Mentoring Program Manager, and Shawn Fleurie, Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Supports.
Students who performed over 100 hours of service are:
Grace Berry – 116 Hours
Amanda Cahill – 139.53 Hours
Kyle Chumsae – 300.5 Hours
Lisa Daniel – 377.75 Hours
Shana Daykin – 330.75 Hours
Jessica Diaz – 152 Hours
Suzanne Eglington – 204.75 Hours
Dawne Euvrard – 300 Hours
Diana Fage – 150 Hours
Brendan Harrington – 300 Hours
Vanessa Hill – 135 Hours
Kyle Johnson – 108 Hours
Felix Jordan – 170.8 Hours
Paige Landry – 265.5 Hours
Jaimie Laureiro – 143.14 Hours
Arthur McDonald – 404 Hours
Lisa McMaster – 128 Hours
Roxanne Melanson – 160.5 Hours
Amy Meunier – 311.05 Hours
Stacia Mitton – 116.75 Hours
Danielle Pelletier – 152 Hours
Easton Schilling – 150.04 Hours
Diane Sevigny-Staples – 155 Hours
Hollie Shattuck – 136.5 Hours
Jason Spekmorza – 301 Hours
Katty Taveras – 209.88 Hours
Andrea Techera – 159.75 Hours
Gabrielle Walker – 159 Hours
Lindsay Williams – 297.5 Hours
Malissa Wilson – 145.64 Hours
Marjus Zylyftari – 140 Hours
The Service-Learning Celebration recording can be viewed at https://mwcc.edu/campus-life/brewer-center/.
About the Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement
The Senator Stephen M. Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement promotes positive social change and healthier, more vibrant communities through innovative programming and partnerships that benefit our community and Mount Wachusett Community College. The Brewer Center’s programs engage students, faculty, and staff with the community through service learning, volunteerism, internships/co-ops, and civic outreach.