Residents Honored for Work for Youth at Community Spirit Awards

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Some of the 2016 Community Spirit Award winners selected by the Watertown Youth Coalition.

Watertown Youth Coalition

Some of the 2016 Community Spirit Award winners selected by the Watertown Youth Coalition.

The Watertown Youth Coalition (WYC) celebrated another successful year at their Annual “Community Spirit Awards” event held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Community members gathered at Arsenal Park to recognize and honor awardees for going above and beyond to support Watertown youth and families.

WYC sent out the following information:

Each year, the WYC asks the community to nominate people who:

● Serve as a positive influence or mentor to a Coalition member or to others in the community

● Have the courage to address challenging issues that affect youth and the community

● Actively take steps to improve the Watertown community (in big and small ways)

We were pleased to present awards to:

● Alyson Morales

● Deborah Rosati

● Jason Scotti

● Jim Helie

● Linda & Tim Tracy

● Peter Airasian

● Rosdom Kaligian

● Stacy & Adam Vachon, Steve Helberg, and the Lowell Extended Day Program Staff

● Tom McManus

Lt. Dan Unsworth and Stephanie Venizelos, who have received Spirit Awards in recent years, received honorable mentions.

Cris Patvakanian, a graduating senior at Watertown High School and also a previous Spirit Award recipient, was recognized for his contributions to the community as a WYC Peer Leader.

We applaud these awardees and the people that nominated them. Watertown is a wonderful community with so many caring adults looking out for the interest of the youth living here!

The WYC would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to J.Dee Asian Bistroand Jimmy John’s, two new businesses in Watertown, for donating food for the event.

The event was organized by Wayside Multi-Service Center staff and MC’d by Stephanie Sunderland-Ramsey, Program Coordinator along with Mike Dattoli, WYC Chairperson. Thanks to WYC Steering Committee members Tony Palomba, Diane Murphy, and Kenneth Woodland for their assistance in organizing this event.

The Watertown Youth Coalition (WYC), overseen by Wayside Multi-Service Center, is a community coalition of youth, parents, residents, educators, police officers, health and medical professionals and local business owners committed to promoting healthy and positive lifestyles among Watertown youth.

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