New Bedford native John Vasconcellos, currently the senior regional director for the Southeast and Boston regions of the Trustees of Reservations, has been chosen from a pool of 80 applicants to become the new president of the Community Foundation. He takes the helm on Aug. 1, succeeding longtime president Craig Dutra. Read more in The Standard-Times
Community Foundation Board Member Vera Vadeboncoeur was one of five "gifted, community-focused leaders" under 40 years old to be recognized at the New Bedford Whaling Museum last week as a SouthCoast Emerging Leader. Vera, office manager/controller for Fernandes Masonry in New Bedford, is also the treasurer for the Team Noah Foundation, a CFSEMA fund which is dedicated to making a difference for children and families with special needs and medical conditions to improve their quality of life. Also, among the 22 nominees recognized were Traci Calabrese, Development Officer for the Women's Fund, and Amanda DeGrace, who until recently was the LifeWork Project Coordinator for the Women's Fund. Recently retired Juvenile Court Judge Bettina Borders was honored with Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs Leadership Award. Congratulations to all! Read about it in The Standard-Times
The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.
- Jessica Trufant, a general assignment reporter at The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, has been awarded the fourth annual MacGregor Fiske Novice Journalist Award. Ms. Trufant was presented with a $1,000 stipend check on June 21. The MacGregor Fiske Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation, established the award to recognize a print journalist who is relatively new to the field, encourage him or her to persevere in the profession and honor the contributions of journalists to sustaining an informed society. Read the press release. Pictured from left, Fund Advisor Mary McCann Fiske, Jessica Trufant and Patriot Ledger Publisher Mark Olivieri