On Sept. 26, SeniorCare Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting and Fundraiser at the Vittori Rocci Post in Beverly. Each year, several prestigious awards are made, but normally the names are not revealed until the meeting. This year, SeniorCare is doing so ahead of the meeting, to give family, friends, and well-wishers a chance to attend in honor of the recipients.
This year’s recipient of the Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award is Lydia Bertolino, a lifelong resident of Gloucester. The outreach coordinator at Rose Baker Senior Center, she’s also vice chairman of the Ladies Guild at Holy Family Parish and a member of its Pastoral Council. In 1994, Ms. Bertolino received the North Shore RSVP John Allie Eaton Award for outstanding community service and, in 1998, the Massachusetts Senior Services Award. In 2001, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys recognized her efforts on behalf of senior citizens and their families. Formerly the executive director of the Topsfield Council on Aging, she also previously spent 35 years at SeniorCare Inc. She originated or shepherded several programs to success, including the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Money Management Program. A trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselor, she spent countless hours assisting people with insurance issues. Her last assignment was as Director of RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore.
The Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award will be awarded to Richard Garrett. Mr. Garrett graduated from Notre Dame and completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Babson College, then worked for several major corporations, including Peat, Marwick, Mitchell; General Electric; Digital Equipment Corp.; and HP Hood. He is a longtime volunteer, first for Project Rap and later for SeniorCare and Hospice of the North Shore. An avid golfer, he’s been playing for 50 years, starting as a caddy at age 10. He has two adult children and continues to volunteer.