Chamber scholarship targets women careerists
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Businesswomen's Committee is accepting applications for the Carolyn O'Connor Scholarship. Established in 2005, this non-traditional scholarship awards $1,000 to a woman looking to change careers or re-enter the workforce and requiring continuing education or training.
Scholarship applications are available at the chamber office, online at www.capeannchamber.com, or contact Sharon Bragg at Sharon@capeannchamber.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 29. Applicants must have a high school degree or its equivalent, be a legal resident of Massachusetts, and be accepted to an accredited college, university or job training program.
Named for the first chairwoman of the Businesswomen's Committee, Carolyn O'Connor, the scholarship honors her dedication and involvement with the committee and the Chamber. Organized in 1986, the Businesswomen's Committee aids Cape Ann businesses and the professional development of the chamber's women members.
Contributions to the Businesswomen's Scholarship Fund may be sent to the Chamber Businesswomen's Committee, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester MA 01930. Checks should be made out to the Businesswomen's Scholarship Fund.
PACE outpaces corporate fundraiser
The Gloucester PACE facility on Emerson Avenue was named top corporate fund-raising team at the North Shore Arthritis Walk this year, according to an announcement from Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc.
Team Captain Julie Aubrey led the team — called "Keep Up The PACE" — in raising $1,425.00 at the May 20 event, which attracted over 300 walkers to Lynch Park in Beverly, and raised over $60,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.
Arthritis affects 1.32 million, or 1 in 5, adults and 5,900 children in Massachusetts, and the mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to prevent, control and cure the over 100 types of arthritis and related diseases.
PACE, an acronym for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, provides multiple integrated services across the full-spectrum of healthcare needs and social support, to maintain the health and independent living of community residents who would otherwise be in nursing homes. For more information, call 978-283-7375.
Essex Commission's Harris wins preservation award
The Massachusetts Historical Commission has recognized Annie C. Harris for her "outstanding preservation leadership and innovation at the local, state, and national levels, and significant contributions to the preservation of the Commonwealth's historic resources," said Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, in naming her a recipient of the Massachusetts Historical Commission's 2012 Individual Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harris, who received her Master's of Architecture from MIT and an MBA from Harvard, began her career in Lowell, where she helped create the city's innovative urban National Historical Park. Later, at the Crowninshield Corporation, she was an early leader in adaptive reuse and historic preservation, and for the City of Boston, she specialized in federal historic rehabilitation tax credit projects.
Switching to the nonprofit sector as the third executive director of The Salem Partnership, she promoted the restoration and revitalization of Salem's historic assets. Under the auspices of the Salem Partnership, Harris led the creation of the Essex National Heritage Area — comprised of the 34 communities of Essex County — officially designated by the U.S. Congress in 1996.
The Essex National Heritage Area formed its own management corporation in 1997, with Ms. Harris as founding executive director of the Essex National Heritage Commission, where she remains today.
The National Heritage Area and its affiliated commission oversee projects that preserve, promote, and protect the region's historic structures, scenic roadways, maritime resources, and archival materials. Ms. Harris also serves in a national leadership position as Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas. In November 2010, she was appointed for a two-year term to the Planning Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board.