Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc. will honor long-serving former state Senator Stephen M. Brewer as the 2015 Harold E. Drake, Jr. Citizen of the Year at its annual Foundation Dinner on April 9 at Mount Wachusett Ski Area in Princeton. Outstanding MWCC students who receive foundation scholarship funds also will be honored.
“Senator Brewer worked tirelessly to serve the needs of his constituents in Central and Western Massachusetts, and has long supported efforts that benefit students of all ages in our region,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “His commitment to serving others epitomizes the virtues of civic engagement that are incorporated into the educational experience at Mount Wachusett Community College and also reflects our values as an academic institution. His leadership and dedication over the years have been monumental, and we are delighted to recognize him as the 2015 Citizen of the Year.”
Senator Brewer retired last fall following 26 years in the state Legislature. After serving as a selectman in Barre and as a legislative aide to Senator Robert D. Wetmore, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1988 and to the state Senate in 1996. Most recently, Senator Brewer chaired the powerful Senate Committee on Ways and Means and served on the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules and the Joint Committee on Rules. Previously, he served as Senate vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture, as vice-chair of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee, and as a member of the Joint Committee on Public Safety.
Senator Brewer earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he recently joined the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration. He earned a master’s degree in history and government from Assumption College and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from MWCC during the college’s 2008 commencement. He is a resident of Barre, where he lives with his wife, Valerie, and is the proud father of their two daughters, April and Audrey.
The Harold E. Drake, Jr. Citizen of the Year Award is presented in memory of Harold E. Drake, treasurer and former president of Royal Steam Heater Co. and Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc. The award recognizes community members who exemplify Mr. Drake’s extraordinary commitment to the North Central Massachusetts region.
Tickets to the annual foundation dinner are $75 per person, and proceeds go directly to student scholarships. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Jo-Ann Meagher at 978-630-9387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.