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Longtime Dedham volunteer to be honored at Town Meeting

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  May 9, 2013 03:36 PM

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gosselin.jpgLongtime resident and volunteer Donald Gosselin will be honored at Dedham’s Town Meeting with the town’s first Public Service Recognition Award.

Gosselin was selected out of a field of more than 30 nominations, and was the unanimous choice of the award committee, according to committee member Brian Keaney.

“There isn’t an aspect of the town he hasn’t touched,” Keaney said Thursday.

Gosselin runs a pen pal program with elementary school students, tutors children in English, volunteers at the Endicott greenhouse, and teaches elementary children about plants and biology, Keaney said.

“One of his nominators said he’ll be remembered long for the lives he’s touched and he is an example to the youth of Dedham, a role model,” Keaney said.

Despite the committee’s unanimous decision, Keaney said the decision was still a difficult one.

Gosselin will be honored at a reception before Town Meeting at 6 p.m. in the foyer of Dedham High School on Monday, May 20.

The award was established by a vote at Town Meeting in 2012 to be presented annually by a committee of Town Meeting representatives.

A plaque, donated by Cherokee Trophy, will hang in Town Hall with the names of the winners, starting with Gosselin.

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