I’ve never done a Gloucester Community Person of The Year Award but I got to thinking and this year it just was so obvious who I would pick for the title because after being around her (and her awesome husband Bill) and seeing how much she gives of herself to our community, to me it wasn’t even up for debate.
Melissa it seems is at every single community event and is always volunteering her time and work to make Gloucester a better place. There are people that show up for ribbon cutting ceremonies, get their picture taken and then take off. Melissa is the one who generally was there on the ground floor of whatever people were there to celebrate by getting her hands dirty and making things happen. Always with a smile always with a laugh.
Not talking just about her work as a City Councilor which during her young tenure has shown a great desire to do what’s right for the City not based on political vendettas, but truly based on what she thinks are the right things to do. She is responsive and effective in making things happen for her constituents and the city as a whole.
But politics is my least favorite thing so what I’d rather point out is how she’s always there at events lending a hand or at The Burnham’s Field Community Garden clearing plots and organizing meetings, and honestly it seems like every single event we cover here on GMG Melissa is there, supporting or participating to make our City better.
Melissa, thank you so much for all you do to make Gloucester even better than the place it already is.
We love you (and Bill too)
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