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Worcester Regional Research Bureau announces recipients of the 2022 Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards. The Green Awards publicly recognize the efforts of individuals exhibiting:
- 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; and
- community involvement outside the scope of job-related responsibilities.
This year, The Research Bureau honors five employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service. The following recipients embody the ideals of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards.
Joseph Carpenter, Worcester Department of Administration & Finance
Joseph Carpenter is the Administration & Finance Department’s Head Customer Service Representative in the Treasurer & Collector’s Office. He works first-hand with the public to process all payments from water/sewer bills, property taxes, even parking tickets. One nominator summed his role and his exceptionalism most appropriately, “it is a difficult job that is part educator, part counselor, and part bank teller. Joe is excellent at this work, and uses his deep knowledge, his sensitivity, and his expertise to assure taxpayers that there are solutions to the problems at hand.”
Matthew Moison, Department of Public Works & Parks, Green Hill Municipal Golf Course
Matthew Moison is the Director of Golf for the Green Hill Municipal Golf Course as part of the Department of Public Works and Parks. “Moison believes in the mission of municipal golf courses to provide recreation to as many people as possible in a fun, friendly, affordable environment.” He clearly takes this mission to heart. He has started important programs for youth, providing opportunities on and off the golf course including starting the only caddie program at a public golf course.
Muaweya “Zack” Razzaq, Worcester Public Schools
Zack Razzaq is a Network Administrator for the Information Technology Department at the Worcester Public Schools. His role has become increasingly imperative to student success when the pandemic hit, Zack led the effort to distribute over 15,000 Chromebooks to students. He tackles projects with enthusiasm, “Zack is my go to person for anything new.” A nominator described him as a “human sponge absorbing anything sent his way.” His commitment to the Worcester Public Schools and its students is unwavering.
Connor Robichaud, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission
Connor Robichaud is the Regional Projects Coordinator and Principal Planner for the Regional Collaboration & Community Planning Department of CMRPC. He works with dozens of towns in the Central Massachusetts region, particularly unaffiliated communities. During the pandemic, he stepped up in an extraordinary way to coordinate public health responses in the region’s communities. Dozens of comments were submitted on his behalf from communities across the region, but one coworker summed it up best, “co-workers like him inspire everyone at the agency to continue doing our best as public servants.”
Cara Stone, Worcester Public Library
Cara Stone is the Executive Assistant at the Worcester Public Library. “Cara is the heart and soul of the Worcester Public Library.” Her stated responsibilities lie with the administrative needs of the library, she regularly goes well beyond the call of duty. She coordinates events and programs, works with youth at the YWCA, helps homeless community members, and assists the librarians. She has worked with multiple departments, especially through the pandemic, and is recognized as an exceptional public servant. “Cara is the type of employee that employers dream of having on their staff. She is responsible, caring, flexible, considerate, team player, etc. The list is long!”
The Award is 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 thirty-third annual Green Awards presentation, which has honored 128 public servants over the past three decades.
The Research Bureau’s Award Committee, composed of representatives from diverse community organizations, selected the recipients from nominees submitted by the public. This year’s committee includes: Chair Ellen Ganley, Che Anderson, Joyce Augustus, Dan DiTullio, Kathleen Gagne, Alex Guardiola, Karen Ludington, Paul Matthews, Kate McEvoy, Dave Nordman, Todd Rodman, Hank Stolz, and Ron Waddell.
Ellen Ganley, Chair of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards Committee, said “I have been involved with the Thomas Green Awards Committee for many years and this was a particularly special year. As communities continue to emerge from the pandemic, we have seen truly remarkable public servants. This year’s recipients epitomize this Award and ensure we all recognize the service provided by our municipalities, especially in times of great need.”
Paul Matthews, Executive Director and CEO of The Research Bureau, said “The Research Bureau is proud to host these Awards every year. After a couple of difficult years, it is important to take a step back and recognize the unwavering commitment from many of our region’s public servants. This year’s recipients embody the ideals of this Award and its our sincere appreciation to all of them, and the other incredible nominees, for their tireless efforts on behalf of our communities. Additionally, we’d like to thank Mechanics Hall for their generous support of the TSG Awards. We’re honored to bring the Awards to its venerable halls.”
The Awards ceremony will be hosted by partner, Mechanics Hall, on June 23rd at 5:00PM with a reception to follow at 6:00PM. The event is free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend to celebrate this year’s recipients.
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 Facebook (The Research Bureau), and Twitter (@WRRBureau).