Green, Humphreys, Morrissette honored as 2020 Unsung Heroes

Compassionate Brattleboro seeks nominations for recognition of service during pandemic

BRATTLEBORO — Compassionate Brattleboro, with input from local residents, is presenting its 2020 Unsung Hero Awards to Tom Green, Sheila Humphreys, and Lorelei Morrissette.

Green has been a leading engine in the Edible Brattleboro movement, creating gardens in the area both to inspire an interest in gardening and to provide food for families and individuals in need.

A science teacher and gardening advocate at Springfield High School, Green has, since his retirement, helped to create such gardens at Turning Point Recovery Center, Great River Terrace, and the Root Social Justice Center.

Humphreys, a former teacher at the Oak Grove School, was the co-founder of the Haiti Orphanage Sponsorship Trust (HOST) supporting children at Orphelinat Foyer Evangelique Universel (OFEU), an orphanage in Haiti created in response to the earthquake of 2010. She also serves as the farm-to-school program coordinator at the local non-profit Food Connects.

Morrissette serves as the Brattleboro Housing Partnerships resident wellness and services manager, working with residents at the Samuel Elliot Apartments on Elliot Street, a residence for seniors and adults with disabilities. Last year, she took the initiative in organizing an awareness-building community walk along Elliot Street in response to harassment and threats against residents of the complex.

Compassionate Brattleboro also will be honoring unsung area heroes who have served the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each awardee will be publicized and will receive a memento of recognition.

Nominations should be emailed to [email protected] and include the name and email address of the nominator; the name, email address and physical address of the individual being nominated; and a brief (two-sentence) description of the nominated person's activity during this COVID-19 period.

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