Quinn Award Goes to Qualprint's Roy-Martin

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June Roy-Martin
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has selected June Roy-Martin as this year's Esther Quinn Memorial Award recipient. The award will be presented at the chamber's annual meeting on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Crowne Plaza.

Roy-Martin is manager of communications, human resources and business development at Quality Printing Co., where she has worked for 23 years. She was named the 2008 Woman of Achievement by the Berkshire Business and Professional Women.

However, she's not getting the award for business success. Established in 1999 to honor the memory of Esther Quinn, a chamber volunteer and advocate for volunteer efforts, the Quinn Award is given to person based on his or her volunteer efforts. The award is given to a person who lives or works in Berkshire County and shows enthusiasm, empathy and effort in making the Berkshires a better place to live and work.

"We were truly overwhelmed by number of wonderful nominees recommended for this award, all of whom have contributed so much to making the Berkshires a great place to live and work. And, while it was an incredibly difficult decision, June's self-less contributions to so many important organizations, combined with being a 'true people person' in the spirit and mold of Esther Quinn, made her the unanimous choice of the committee," said Steve Conroy, member of the Esther Quinn Award Committee.

Roy-Martin is involved in many area organizations including the Berkshire Chamber as the present treasurer and member of the board of directors. She has also served on the chamber's Berkshire Leadership Program Steering Committee and, in previous years, has served as vice chairman of the Events Council, in addition to volunteering with the Ambassadors Committee and Red Ribbon Initiative.

She also is active on the board of directors for the Berkshire United Way and The Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and as chairman of the BVB's Governance and Nominating Committee this past year. Roy-Martin has also been involved with the WHEN, a grassroots group (Women Helping Empower our Neighborhoods) that seeks to get area women involved in city politics and on the School Committee.

Roy-Martin has also been a mentor in the past for the Horizon's Student at Miss Hall's School and teaches seniors about marketing and communications for small businesses. Other current and past volunteer positions include the Berkshire Compact for Higher Education; Berkshire Business & Professional Women; chairman of the Career Advancement Scholarship Program for Working Women (president in 1991, 1st vice president and co-chairman of Programs in 2005, and former chairman of the Young Careerist Program). She serves on Downtown Inc. of Pittsfield's Marketing & Promotions/Events Committees, is past president of the Berkshire Management Association Organization, and past race director, and current competitor, of the Great Josh Billings RunAground.

The Esther Quinn Award has been presented annually since 1999. The very first recipient was William Wilson, former president and CEO of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. 

Past award recipients are David Klausmeyer, 2000; Dr. Gary Lamoureaux, 2001; Louann Harvey, 2002; Mick Callahan, 2003; Robert Proskin, 2004; Richard Whitehead, 2005;  Ellen Ruberto, 2006; Williams Hines Sr., 2007; Jerry Burkem, 2008, and last year's winner, Conrad Bernier.

The chamber's annual meeting is Friday, Dec. 17, 7:30 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza. Tickets are $30 each and are still available. For more information, contact the chamber at 413-499-4000.
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Homelessness Advisory Panel Reprimanded For Internal Disrespect

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Chairwoman Kim Borden warns advisory committee members to be on their best behavior after 'inappropriate' communications.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Homelessness Advisory Committee reportedly experienced recent issues with "highly inappropriate behavior and communication, threats and the spreading of misinformation" and Chairwoman Kim Borden is not having it.

At the third meeting as a newly established committee on Wednesday, Borden shared her thoughts on the current climate of the committee.

"In the last month, I've been subjected to highly inappropriate behavior and communication, which has include bullying threats and the spreading of misinformation," Borden said. "At this time, I will not identify the specific depict individuals as I do not believe in public shaming. This is not what I signed up for and more importantly, I do not believe that other committee members should be subjected to this extraordinarily destructive dynamic."

This type of communication or behavior may result in a request that appropriate steps be taken to remove the person or persons creating a hostile and/or unproductive environment, she said.

At this time, no committee members are being removed. If any are removed, they will be replaced with individuals with an "appropriate level of civility and a desire to work together as a team and respect others."

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