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Medfield Volunteer Awards

Annually since 2008, the Medfield Foundation has recognized the stellar community service efforts of its residents through the Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year award. Today, the Foundation has three awards that honor individuals whose extraordinary efforts and activities have made a marked difference to the quality of life in Medfield:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year, and
  • Lifetime Achievement (for a volunteer who has dedicated many years to a town cause)

Praise and Media Coverage for the Volunteer Awards

  • "A great and successful event. The Medfield Foundation is a wonderful community resource that supports and recognizes Medfield's assets" - Aditi Thatte
  • "I wanted to thank you for a wonderful event last night. We were so impressed with the all the volunteers. It was uplifting to see what an amazing group of people we have in Medfield. Makes me proud to live here!" - Kathy Simon
  • "I wish more people knew about the ceremony It's quite a special event for everyone who attends We all leave there feeling happier and very proud of our town for cultivating such terrific, kind people and volunteers." - Patti Garofalo
  • "Thanks for this wonderful celebration of the folks who make Medfield the great community that it is." - Martha Sherman
  • "[The Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year is a] really remarkable effort at its initiation and through its growth in value to the community. Admirable!" - John Harney
  • "We really enjoyed the afternoon. We were very touched by ALL the volunteer nominees and winner stories. Very inspiring and humbling. I had a few tears rolling down my cheeks listening to the stories and felt very proud to live in Medfield!" - Ingrid Nevins
  • "I know you have put so much time into making this such a great event and it shows!" - Kim Price
  • Photos of Medfield Foundation, Inc. Volunteer Awards Event from Medfield Patch
  • Photos from Medfield Hometown Weekly


MFI 2015 volunteer award nominees and recipients

The Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) annually recognizes by name as its "Volunteers of the Year," those individual volunteers whose extraordinary efforts and activities have made a special marked difference in the quality of life in Medfield. The volunteer recognition reception will be held at The Center at Medfield from 3:00 - 5:00 PM on March 22, 2015, and is sponsored by the generosity of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

The Volunteers of the Year were suggested by nominations submitted by the public, and the choices are based solely on the information submitted. Past volunteers who were recognized are listed and described below. At the reception, the MFi will honor all the volunteers, including the Volunteer of the Year, the Youth Volunteer of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

2015 Volunteer Award Nominees

The Medfield Foundation is pleased to announce that this year those Medfield people nominated by their fellow residents for special recognition for his or her extraordinary volunteer efforts are:

Youth Volunteer of the Year:

  • Binit Shah primarily for creating the Tech Club at the Medfield Memorial Library, and also for volunteering for Medfield.TV and Medfield Foundation Youth Leadership
  • Emily Zona primarily for being a Peer Tutor at Blake Middle School, and also for volunteering at St. Edwards, the Thomas Upham House, at MHS on the Student Council as its VP and on the assistant principal search committee, and tutoring Spanish at the Medfield Memorial Library

Volunteer of the Year:

  • Chris McCue Potts primarily for work with the Medfield Music Association, and also with the Zullo Gallery
  • Susan Maritan primarily for her work with the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, and also the Garden Club, the Medfield Food Cupboard, the Angel Run, New Horizons Home Furnishings, and the Wheelock Victory Garden
  • Rose O'Reilly primarily for many years of work with the schools in many forms, including the Fashion Show, the All Night Graduation Party, the Snack Shack, and initiating the Prom Bus, and also with Cradles to Crayons

Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • Jeanne Bastanier Sullivan primarily with the Medfield Food Cupboard, and also with the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, the schools at all grade levels, the Animal Shelter, the Church of the Advent, and the All Night Graduation Party
  • Mike and Caroline Standley primarily for over 60 years of active citizenship to protect the town's historic sites and open spaces, as well as serving on the following boards: Library Board, Planning Board, Historical Commission, Historical Society, Historic District Commission, Master Plan Implementation Committee, Medfield State Hospital Reuse Committee, Medfield State Hospital Preservation Committee, Town Hall Renovation Committee, Conservation Commission, Open Space Planning Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Committee to Evaluate Senior Tax Work Off Program, and Zoning Board of Appeals

2015 Volunteer Award Recipients

Chris McCue Potts

Binit Shah

Jeanne Bastanier Sullivan

Mike and Caroline Standley

Volunteer of the Year Award

Youth Volunteer of the Year Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award


Past Medfield Foundation award recipients

Please follow the links below to find out more about past nominees and recipients of the Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year award.

2014 Volunteer Award Recipients

View a video of the event from Medfield.TV

2013 Volunteer Award Recipients

View a video of the event from Medfield.TV

2012 Volunteer Award Recipients

View a video of the event from Medfield.TV

2011 Volunteers of the Year

View a video of the event from Medfield.TV

2010 Volunteers of the Year

View a video of the event from Medfield.TV

2009 Volunteers of the Year

2008 Volunteer of the Year

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