Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray said Friday morning that the fiscal 2014 state budget will include more funds for local councils on aging across Massachusetts.
The Plymouth Democrat’s remarks came during annual ceremonies in which the Bourne Council on Aging and its Friends support group conducted their Volunteer Appreciation Celebration.
Bourne Selectmen Chairman Earl Baldwin provided the opening remarks of appreciation, saying the council and the services it provides “can’t be done without volunteers who have passion and commitment for what they do and a sense a caring for the people they help.”
Council Director Felice Monteiro says her volunteers “come early and stay late and volunteer across a wide spectrum of programs and services.”
The 2013 Bourne Volunteer of the Year Award went to a vivacious retired schoolteacher, Janis Guiney of Bournedale. She retired in 2008 and started volunteering in 2009, helping out with Bridging the Years, providing data entry for the council, working on Toys for Tots, helping at the Bourne Food Pantry in Pocasset and even hosting a Bourne Braves coach this summer.
The Bourne Friends Food Pantry 2013 John D. Fox Award went to Bourne Public Library with BPL Director Patrick Marshall accepting the honor.
The Above and Beyond Awards went to Phyllis Cullinan, Olympia Walker, Richard Menkello, Beverly Armando, Heather DiPaolo and Marie Shanahan.
Selectmen Donald Pickard and Peter Meier attended the celebrations in the Main Street Community Center along with Murray, state Reps. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, and David Vieira, R-Falmouth, Bourne Administrator Thomas Guerino and Michael Jackman, the district representative for U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Bourne, who could not attend due to Homeland Security issues related to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Cape Cod Senior Residences at Pocasset provided reception refreshments.
The Bourne Senior Volunteer of the Year for 2012 was Anne Guimar. The John D. Fox Award recipient for last year was the Bourne/Cataumet United Methodist Church.
Bourne Council on Aging celebrates its Senior Volunteers of 2013 – Wicked Local