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Honoring Volunteers at the Senior Center

Volunteering is when someone spends unpaid time doing something to benefit others

The Annual Volunteer Luncheon was held last Friday, and it was wonderful tribute to all the beautiful people who give their time and knowledge to make Tewksbury’s Senior Center one of the jewels in our community.

Director Jan Canole welcomed the volunteers and thanked everyone for coming.

“Together, your efforts have contributed close to ten thousand hours of work at our center,” said Conole. “This translates to a cost savings of over $100,000 to the Town. We value our help and recognize the hours you have selflessly given up helping us support the community of elders in Tewksbury.”

Jan went on thank the staff — Diane, Tammy, Christina, Greg, Ralph, Gail and George — for all their hard work to make this event special.

After a buffet lunch, the volunteers were then treated to truly unique experience with Robert R. M. Surette and his Amazing Hero Art. Rob is a speed painter and public speaker. He used music, lights, videos, and a paint-splattering technique to create six-foot portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa and Albert Einstein.

“My goal is to UPLIFT and INSPIRE people and maybe even change the way they view the world,” said Rob. You can learn more about Rob Surette at ROB SURETTE and his AMAZING HERO ART! This amazing show was made possible thanks to a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council.

Keeping with the theme, thank you to Barbara Antinoro for the table decorations of miniature paintings. Barbara has for many years taught others the joy of painting and creating your very own masterpieces.

Like Jan said, IT TAKES A VILLAGE. If you would like to be a part of a very rewarding experience, please contact Diane Dunlevy at or 978-640-4480.

Donna Gill covers Senior Center and COA news for the Carnation.

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