Local Heroes Class of 2020

Womanade at the Pinehills | Linda Gill, President

For exemplifying the spirit of community action as generous and conscientious individuals united to make a difference in their communities.

To date, there are at least 38 local Womanade chapters across the United States that support a wide variety of causes from homelessness to pediatric cancer, to ambulances, to helping recent immigrant families get on their feet. The mission of Womanade at the Pinehills is to provide emergency assistance to families and children in the Plymouth Public School system that have special needs and require immediate help. Womanade at the Pinehills organizes author talks, potlucks, and presentations and asks its members and attendees to contribute to the Womanade fund. As a volunteer-run, charitable organization, Womanade quietly and efficiently coordinates with school nurses and adjustment counselors in the Plymouth school system who identify children and families in need. Womanade builds upon the friendship and generosity of women to make a difference in their communities.

Trevor Nadile & The Plymouth Fire Department

For their compassion and dedication to bringing hope and cheer to disadvantaged children and families during the holiday season.

This past holiday season, firefighter Trevor Nadile wanted to bring Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children and families at our South Shore Early Education center in Plymouth. Working together with Toys for Tots, he coordinated a toy drive at each of the 7 fire stations in Plymouth. He then contacted Clements Market in Manomet who generously donated holiday meals for these families too. Trevor and the firefighters wrapped the toys and packaged the meals for the families. On Christmas morning, firefighters from each of the 7 stations jumped on their fire trucks and delivered the toys and holiday meals to the children and families. The families were thrilled and excited for this special visit and the wonderful meal and presents. This was a team effort by all the firefighters involved, including the Fire Chief, Ed Bradley. Trevor, Chief Bradley, and the Plymouth firefighters are true heroes among us who will go the extra mile to help the community.

John Curtis, President | Curtis Construction Company

For demonstrating the enduring impact that can be achieved when businesses and non-profits work together to overcome housing insecurity and homelessness.

Curtis Construction’s first development project with a non-profit was a 24-unit affordable housing project in Chelsea built in partnership with HarborCOV. For John Curtis, the President of Curtis Construction, this project opened his eyes to the need for safe and affordable housing for those who struggle with housing insecurity and homelessness. In the last five years alone, Curtis Construction has built affordable housing with many non-profits and towns in eastern Massachusetts and the south Shore, including Just-A-Start’s Bishop Allen apartments in Somerville, SSCAC’s main office in Plymouth, Herring Brook Hill senior housing in Norwell, First Church of Westwood, and Milton Fuller Senior Housing. Curtis Construction has collaborated with Father Bill’s & Mainspring on multiple construction projects to build much-needed affordable housing on the south shore. They are currently working on Envision Bank’s Home for Veterans, a 10-unit housing development for veterans in downtown Randolph. John Curtis and Curtis Construction demonstrate the powerful impact on housing insecurity that can be achieved when businesses and non-profits work together.

Phil Tavares, Police Chief | Marshfield Police Department

For his dedication to public service and contribution to the fabric of community in the town of Marshfield.

Chief Phil Tavares started his public safety career as an animal control officer for the Town of Marshfield. On September 1, 2012, Captain Tavares was promoted to Marshfield’s Chief of Police. Throughout his decades of service to the town, his dedication to its residents and drive to make the town a better place put him in a spotlight. Chief Tavares is a familiar face at seemingly every event in town, from selectmen meetings and Chamber of Commerce events to the Marshfield Fair and the Levitate Music Festival. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield and has served on the steering committees for both Grad Nite Live and the Molly Fitzgerald Memorial Fund. A man of many talents, he has coached youth basketball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. Always giving of his time, he has volunteered with Marshfield Kiwanis, Marshfield Community Christmas, the Green Harbor Beach Association, the Jimmy Fund, Woodsy’s Walk and the Friends of Peter Igo Park. In 2018, the Marshfield Police Department raised over $75,000 for Cops for Kids with Cancer and collected $35,000 worth of toys for Marshfield Community Christmas. With his deep and extensive roots in the town of Marshfield, Chief Tavares exemplifies the spirit of community.

Jordan Hospital Club | Catherine McKenna, President

For over 100 years of advancing the health and well-being of our communities through volunteer service, commitment, advocacy, and action.

The Jordan Hospital Club began in 1906 as a group of eight women who helped the hospital by wrapping bandages, sterilizing instruments and performing duties to aid the nursing staff. More than 100 years later, the Club has hundreds of members, an active Board of Directors, and volunteers who raise funds and donate service to support a myriad of departments and initiatives within Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth hospital. The Club’s fundraisers include the Polar Plunge, The Duxbury Lawn Party, and for 7 years, Kayla’s Beat Goes On 5K. Through the hard work and dedication of volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors and donors, the Club provides nursing scholarships, ER Teddy Bears, free hand sanitizer to outpatient surgery patients, and major capital contributions to various departments each year. The Polar Plunge alone has raised over $1 million for the Jordan Hospital Club Cancer Center. The Club has also made significant monetary contributions to the Cardiovascular Center, the BirthPlace, the Cardio Rehabilitation Center, the Breast Center and more. The Jordan Hospital Club is a major supporter of new hospital initiatives that respond to evolving community health needs, including the Family Behavioral Health Initiative.

President's Award for Extraordinary Leadership & Outstanding Community Service

Senator Vinny deMacedo

For his decades of public service, steadfast advocacy, and legislative leadership on behalf of his Districts and the Commonwealth.

Senator deMacedo was born in Brava, Cape Verde, deMacedo came to the United States with his parents when he was six months old and was raised in Kingston. He graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School and from King’s College. Since 1991, he has owned and operated the RWA Mobil gas station on Route 3A in the Cedarville.
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1998, Senator deMacedo went on to serve 8 terms in the House. With Senate President Therese Murray announcing she would not seek re-election in 2014, then Representative deMacedo successfully campaigned for the seat and was sworn in as the Senator for the Plymouth and Barnstable Districts in January 2015.
One of Senator deMacedo’s most memorable legislative accomplishments was serving as co-sponsor of Nicole’s Law in 2005. The law, named after a girl in Plymouth who died of carbon monoxide poisoning after a snow-blocked vent trapped fumes in her home, requires carbon monoxide detectors in most homes. As one of only six Republicans in the 40-member Senate, he working collaboratively with all of his colleagues, regardless of party affiliation, to reach consensus and be effective legislators.
During his decades of service and legislative work, Senator deMacedo received many awards and recognitions including:

  • Twice named Legislator of the Year - Massachusetts Town Clerks Association
  • Legislator of the Year - Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Legislator of the Year – Council of Human Services Providers; and National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award.
  • Served as the ranking minority member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee

Senator deMacedo called constituent services a hallmark of his career, along with advocating for education funding, combating the opioid crisis, and standing up for the safety and health of residents who live near the now-closed Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. During his 21 years in the Massachusetts House and Senate, Senator deMacedo has been a steadfast supporter of South Shore Community Action Council and champion for disadvantaged individuals and families in his districts.