Meet the Honorees

2021 Honorees selected from among those residents who serve our community with distinction


Grand Marshals“Covid Healthcare Heroes”, The Board of Health & Staff, The Community Fund for Wellesley’s COVID 19 Relief Fund (CCFW COVID 19),  Sewing COVID Help Group,  Wellesley Police and Fire Departments

Distinguished Service Award– Sue Webb ,  44 years Retired Animal Control Officer 

Chief of Staff & Oldest Veteran–Willard Hunnewell, 100 year old U.S. Navy veteran 

Community Service Award– David Chapin, Retired 25 years on Board of Assessors 

Community Service Award–David Donohue, Retired 25 years on Board of Public Works 

Community Service Award–Marjorie Freiman, Retired 2 term Member of Board of Selectmen 

Community Service Award –Sharon Gray, Retired 2 term Member of School Committee 

Community Service Award — Matt Kelley, Retired 2 term Member of School Committee

Community Service Award–Regina Larocque, Retired 3 year Member of Natural Resources Commission 

Community Service Award–Jack Morgan, Retired 2 term Member of the Board of Selectmen 

Community Service Award–Lloyd Tarlin, Jr., Retired 4 term Member of the Board of  Health 

Community Caring Award– J. Michelle Grignaffini, Kidney Donor and Thomas Kelley, Covid Survivor  

Dedicated Service Award–Linda Corridan, Retired 10 year, Head School Nurse 

Special Recognition Award–Leslie Holmes, Retired 25 year President of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra 

Special Recognition Award — Max Hobart, Retired 25 year Conductor of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Special Recognition Award — Joyce Downes, 74 year member of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Wellesley community are encouraged to nominate individuals for recognition.

Click here to nominate your Wellesley Community Hero!

Weekly meetings prior to Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend are held by the Wellesley Celebrations Committee to evaluate nominations for distinguished service to our community. The 12-member committee votes on each submission.

Examples of Past Honorees

Pictured here is 2019 Co-Grand Marshal Dick Joyce

PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
The Grand Marshal is the person or group of people selected to be the public leader of events during Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend.

The Parade Grand Marshal has the ceremonial duty to lead the annual Veterans parade in Wellesley.

2019 honorees included Michael Pakstis, Co-Grand Marshal

Pictured here is 2019 Chief of Staff Dr. Larry DiBona

CHIEF OF STAFF
The Chief of Staff is the top ceremonial position in the Wellesley parade to honor military service.  

The most well-known military use of the term “Chief of Staff” is associated with The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) — the body of the most senior uniformed leaders within the United States Department of Defense, that advises the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council on military matters. 

The Chief of Staff of the Wellesley parade serves as the principal military and veterans advisor for the Wellesley Celebrations Committee in the performance of activities throughout Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend.  The honoree is selected from among those Wellesley residents who have served with distinction our Country and our community.

Pictured here is 2019 Community Service Award Honoree Paul Criswell

COMMUNITY SERIVE AWARD
A person or organization selected for their noteworthy service to the community of Wellesley.

2019 honorees also included Michael D’Ortenzio, Jr., Dr. Robert Evans, Andrew Wrobel.

Pictured here is 2019 Distinguished Service Award Honoree Ellen Gibbs

DISTIGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
A person or organization selected for their noteworthy service to the community of Wellesley.

Pictured here is 2019 Dedicated Service Award Honoree Lynne Novogroski

DEDICATED SERVICE AWARD
A person or organization selected for their noteworthy service to the community of Wellesley.

2019 honorees included Debra Healy.

Pictured here is 2016 Special Recognition Award Honoree Henry Platt

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
A person or organization selected for their noteworthy service to the community of Wellesley.

2019 honorees included The American Legion, Babson College, Haskins Automotive, House and Garden Club of Wellesley, St. Andrews Church, Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, Windsor Press.

October 2nd & 3rd, 2021