At the Special Town Meeting Tuesday night in the King Philip Regional High School auditorium, the Board of Selectmen honored four for their volunteer work on behalf of the community. Judy Ellis was named Volunteer of the Year in the over 18 category while, Riley Magane, Lauren McSweeney, and Troy Neubecker each received the honor for volunteers under the age of 18.
Ellis was recognized for her 12 years of dedication to the Senior Center kitchen, working 5 days a week, three hours a day. Selectman Charlie Kennedy said that no one was sure exactly how long Ellis had worked at the Senior Center because she had been there longer than anyone. "There are countless and very grateful Town residents who rely on your service and willingness to lend a hand," said Selectman Charlie Kennedy.
According to Kennedy, several nominations for Magane and McSweeney, two best friends, came in together since they did their volunteer work as a pair and the committee decided to give them both the award.The two work with special needs students as part of the TOPS Soccer program and spend a great deal of time volunteering at the Fiske Public Library and at the recreation concession stand. "Your time and young talent have made a difference in the lives of children, adults and the elderly and helped to build a stronger Wrentham," said Kennedy.
This is the 5th year the Board of Selectmen has recognized volunteers working throughout the community. In September, nominations were sought to identify residents that have gone above and beyond volunteering their time to the Town.