June 20, 2021
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies.
The Metro South Chamber and Eastern Bank held the 23rd Annual ATHENA Award program this past Friday.
"This important award honors an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in his/her business or profession; has served the community in a meaningful way; and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership
The 23rd Annual ATHENA Award recipient is Sheila Sullivan Jardim, Executive Director at the MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board. Sheila Sullivan-Jardim is the Executive Director of the MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board, a 24 member, business driven organization that brokers education and training programs throughout a ten-town region. Providing leadership for sector initiatives driven by labor market information, she approaches each day as an opportunity to grow and think beyond the traditional scope.

Leadership is a roll that Sheila readily accepts in her personal and professional life; operating through consensus by examining all points, she has successfully led teams for grant programs, community partnerships and volunteers resulting in positive solutions. Leading a staff of 15 professionals, she has built a team that is responsive to customers, the community and each other.

In her current position, she has increased the financial assets of her agency to more than $3.2 million during her tenure through donations, grants and annual appeals. Managing over 32 different funding streams from federal, state and private sources to comprise an average annual budget of $5 million dollars, Sheila has developed sustainable partnerships with funders and community collaborations for both proposal and program implementation. Acquiring property that has become the Center for Workforce Development, she implemented a regional training center for employers and jobseekers that serves hundreds annually.

Prior to her position at MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board, Ms. Sullivan-Jardim spent over 20 years in higher education administration and as an entrepreneur, started her own business in Grant Writing, GrantConnections. Earning her bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst, she obtained a Master’s Certificate for Women in Government and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the McCormick Institute at UMass Boston. Sheila is active in her local community of Carver, has been married to her husband Bruce for 35 years, and they have three adult children and one beautiful granddaughter.

Visit www.masshiregbwb.org to learn more about MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board, Sheila, and the important work her and her team do to assist Brockton and the Metro South region. The MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is located at 34 School Street in Brockton, MA 02301. Call: (508) 584-3234 or email admin@masshiregbwb.org for assistance. 

To learn more, contact Lexi Reinertson at AReinertson@metrosouthchamber.com, or call (508) 586-0500 x231. www.metrosouthchamber.com/
Historical Tidbit:

 Town Of North Bridgewater
200 Years Ago, June 15th 1821.

The North Parish Was Incorporated As The Town Of North Bridgewater Now Brockton.

City Hall
45 School St
Check the city website for important updates

Brockton Public Library
Main Library - 304 Main St. 508-580-7890
East Branch - 54 Kingman St. 508-580-7892
West Branch - 540 Forest Ave. 508-580-7894

Council on Aging 
 10 Father Kenney Way 508-580-7811
Email coa@cobma.us & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
Susan McCormick
won a $50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant
Christine Harkins. The clean revolution!
Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds candy store Rt 18, Whitman!
Everyone Has a Voice
Saturday, June 26th
Lawn outside of the East Branch Library
Join us to hear this month's featured poet Christina Liu and student poet Jessica Tran Nguyen. There will be an opportunity to share your own work during open mic. 508-580-7892
Summer Reading Challenge is On!
Now through August 31st
Weekly raffles for all ages!
Contact 508-894-1430 for more info.
The 5th Annual Run to End Addiction 5K Run/Walk - Virtual Race
Saturday, June 26th
Start time: 7a
Virtual event
Run on your home course and join the fight to end addiction! Start a team for both the run/walk and to volunteer online. You can register as an individual or as a team by visiting the website and providing a registration fee of $30.
We Read Frederick Douglass in Many Voices as One Community
Sunday, June 27th
Frederick Douglass Avenue Park
Community Reading of Frederick Douglass' iconic speech "What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July". Come read in English, or choose a paragraph in advance, translate it, and then read it on the 27th in the language of your ancestors. Visit The Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association Facebook page to RSVP!
BSU Science Academy
The Science Academy offers one-week science classes for students who are in or are entering grades 2-12. This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.

If you're ready to head outdoors to explore, visit the BSU Science Academy page to register!

Middle school students deadline July 1st. • Elementary students deadline July 3rd.
Finding your ‘Why’

Have you lost your purpose and calling in life?

Are you experiencing depression, anxiety and unhealthy stress?

The GleeWorks system helps you reengage and have meaning in your life which reduces depression and anxiety. 

Call or email 781-223-8221 

Yoga in Your Home with
5 Classes for $50

Ask us About Our Special
Beginners Only Classes!

Ongoing Virtual Classes:
Mondays, 10:30 am; Tuesdays, 5:30 pm; Saturdays, 9 am
In Person: Wednesday, 7 pm

Find YOUR bliss at Bliss Through Yoga!
Yoga for the Rest of Us!

(508) 331-3564
Join the group - Lions Mid Summer Celebration
Lions Club will be highlighting events around Brockton they will be attending.
Follow the link above to find out more.
Looking For Something New To Do?
Get ideas for an activity, a sight to see or an event happening in Brockton.
Congratulations Marc!!
Marc Vasconcellos of the Brockton Enterprise recieved an honorable mention for a photo of a Brockton news story. The Boston Press Photographers Association displayed the winners in the BPPA’s 2020 Pictures of the Year Contest in an outdoor exhibit in Boston. The display features 10, six foot photo cubes and will be up in Nubian Square until June 21st.
photo credits: Marc Vasconcellos
Please join our Brockton community in celebrating the Class of 2021 and Adopt a graduate, and show them how very proud we are of their accomplishments ~ now until the end of July 2021.

Due to the events of Covid-19, the Class of 2021 has missed out on many things that shape the high school experience - sporting events, theater and music productions, proms - all things that they have waited for with joyful anticipation.

This could be a story of negativity, but it most certainly is not. The students of the Class of 2021 have faced this disappointment as a challenge, and met it with grace, positivity and optimism. Our future is bright because it is held in the hands of these resilient students!

When you adopt a senior, simply comment on the post of the senior you would like to adopt on the Adopt- A- Senior Facebook Page Seniors will be listed as “adopted” once two people have volunteered to adopt them.
- Each senior is limited to two adopters, so that each graduate has ample opportunity to be adopted.
- There is no set monetary value to gifting. Just have fun with it!
- We will keep a list of the seniors and who they have been adopted by.
- Please comment on your senior's post so that you can connect with those who adopt them!

-We're a group of volunteers helping with this page. Questions? Contact Joyce: joyceasackward6@gmail.com
Photo Courtesy of Skyla Torres

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds candy store Rt 18, Whitman!

 Historical Tidbit Question:
On what day was the picture shown taken?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On June 23, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
The Bird Serenade
Each morning, my window slightly open, I wake up to the bird serenade in the dim morning light.

...a daily reminder of these delicate beings that share our earth...their chirps and songs both beautiful and powerful in sheer volume.

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
~Chinese Proverb

"Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?" ~ Rose Kennedy

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come."
~Lois Lowry

"Wakefulness is not a destination but a song the human heart keeps singing, the way birds keep singing at the first sign of light." ~Mark Nepo
They thrive in the shade of their trees, they soar through the open skies, they sing their morning song ... these that are so small, so frail. Even the smallest can have a tremendous impact in this world, if they are many.
~ Jacquie
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