2017 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award

For release March 29, 2017
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Timothy McGourthy

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau today announced the 2017 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award:

Brian Cummings, Worcester Technical High School

  • Mr. Cummings teaches Advanced Manufacturing at Worcester Technical High School. His community service projects with students include the redesign and production of the Key to the City and the assisting of Metal Fabrication students in the CNC programming of parts used in the construction of winter streetlight decorations.

Debra Donahue, Worcester Office of the City Clerk

  • Ms. Donahue is a Staff Assistant who has ably served the Worcester community for more than three decades of regulatory and technological change.

Amanda Gregoire, Worcester Executive Office of Economic Development

  • Ms. Gregoire is a Senior Project Manager involved in real estate development projects and revitalization initiatives including CitySquare, Theatre District TDI, Union Station, and the DCU Center.

Hermes Rivera, Worcester Department of Public Works & Parks

  • Mr. Rivera is the Working Foreman who oversees and manages the Worcester Common, Oval, and City Hall grounds

The Research Bureau’s 12-member Award Committee, composed of representatives from diverse community organizations, selected the recipients from nominees submitted by the public.

The Awards are named in memory of Thomas S. Green, a founder of The Research Bureau and one of its original Directors. Mr. Green was a civic leader for many decades and a Vice President of Norton Company (now Saint-Gobain). This is the twenty-ninth annual Green Awards presentation, which has honored 114 public servants over the past three decades.

This year, The Research Bureau honors four employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service. The Green Awards publicly recognize the efforts of individuals exhibiting the following characteristics:

  • Exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities
  • Enthusiastic performance of tasks above and beyond the call of duty
  • Cooperative, helpful, and friendly attitude toward the public and fellow employees
  • Community involvement outside the scope of job-related responsibilities.

The Awards ceremony will take place at Assumption College in Worcester on Wednesday, April 26, at 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A reception in honor of the recipients will follow. RSVP to 508-799-7169 or via email to .

Timothy J. McGourthy, The Research Bureau’s Executive Director, said, “The Research Bureau is honored to present the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards each year. It is an opportunity for private citizens – business, not-for-profit, and civic leaders – from across Greater Worcester to salute the service of dedicated public employees. The Awards shine a spotlight on the best of public service and remind us of the strength of our cities and towns.”

The Research Bureau, founded in 1985, serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent, non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making. For more information see www.wrrb.org, Facebook (The Research Bureau), and Twitter (@WRRBureau).