Mashpee Chamber Announces 2023 Citizen of the Year, Unsung Heroes

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The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce has announced that Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod CEO Ruth Provost has been named 2023 Citizen of the Year.

Provost has served as CEO of the Boys & Girls Club for two decades.  Previously, she served as a Massachusetts state representative for six years from the 2nd Plymouth District and, later, for the Barnstable 2nd District.  Under her watch at the Boys and Girls Club, the organization has served hundreds of families, children, and teens from Mashpee (and beyond).

She’s been a champion of the underserved and those who need support.  Her fundraising prowess is legendary.  She is well known, well liked, and highly respected for her ability to bridge gaps, engage the community, and enhance the wellbeing of those she and the club serve.

Provost is also a former president of the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Club.

Nine Unsung Heroes were also named by the chamber, in recognition of individuals who serve the public’s needs on the frontlines every day. They include:

  • David Aldrich, Stop & Shop Assistant Manager;

  • Dr. Matthew Donlan, Donlan Counseling Services;

  • ;Dr. Sam Kothalanka, a psychiatrist at Community Health Center;

  • Aphrodite Purdy, Wellness teacher at Mashpee High School;

  • Cathy Taylor, Director of Services, CORD;

  • Demetrius & Katherine Becrelis, First Verse Preschool;

  • Amy Signs, a bus driver for Mashpee Public Schools;

  • Tammy Gray, Administrative Assistant, Town of Mashpee Building Department & Mashpee Kiwanis Club; and

  • Nicole Spencer, Executive Director, Heroes in Transition.

All award winners will be recognized at the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting Dinner at The Club at New Seabury on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. To attend, register online at: