Rebecca Gibbs Award for Outstanding Community Service

Left to right: Glenn Gibbs, without a mask because he had just spoken, Alex Doyle, Ellen Kallman, Sheila Taylor and Reverend Brad Clark (courtesy photo)

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IPSWICH – The first annual edition Rebecca Gibbs Outstanding Community Serviceice Price honored two local residents for their “exemplary efforts over the past 18 months to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic”.

The winners are Alex Doyle, owner of Conley’s Drug Store in Ipswich, and Sheila Taylor, director of the Ipswich Council on Aging.

“While many have stepped up to ease the burden of the pandemic on our community, the dedicated efforts of Alex Doyle and Sheila Taylor have been particularly noteworthy,” the awards committee said.

“After the COVID-19 virus began to spread in Ipswich in the spring of 2020, there was a severe shortage of masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, sanitary wipes, paper towels and paper toilet. Alex searched everywhere for these and even started making his own hand sanitizer, allowing Conley’s Drug Store to provide these essential items during the first months of the pandemic when few other companies were able to. do it, ”the ad says.

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He later organized vaccination clinics in Ipswich and the surrounding communities.

“When the pandemic struck, Sheila kept older residents of Ipswich informed about the risks posed by the virus and how best to protect themselves. After the in-person visits to the senior center were suspended, she launched programs to keep seniors supported and engaged, including the ‘take out’ lunch program which served lunch to more than 100 seniors on five days. per week for three consecutive months, ”he added.

In addition to the award, a Rebecca Gibbs charity was established this year to help community members and remember the life of Rebecca Gibbs, who died of cancer at the age of 44.

The fund will be administered by Ascension Memorial Church through a new board of trustees made up of Rebecca’s husband Glenn, daughter Anna, Ellen Kallman, Kitty Bartholomew and Reverend Bradford Clark.

The fund was made possible by a donation from Glenn Gibbs in memory of his late wife, who was an active member of the Ipswich community.

Norma P. Rex

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