On June 23, 2023, two of Nantucket's seniors were honored!

Jim Richard as Senior Man of the Year and Mary Malavase as Senior Woman of the Year, both of whom were designated by the Nantucket Council on Aging. The event was well attended, and guests enjoyed lunch provided by NCEA/Friends of Nantucket Seniors at Faregrounds Restaurant. Bill Grieder did a fantastic job as the Master of Ceremonies, with speakers Libby Gibson representing the Town and Charity Grace Mofsen, the legislative liaison for Dylan Fernandes, our district representative in the state legislature, serving as presenters. Special thanks to Mary Anne Easley, amongst others who helped coordinate the event, and Kathy Grieder for the photos!

Nantucket Senior Man and Senior Woman of the Year 2023

The Nantucket Council on Aging, at its May 3 meeting, selected the 2023 Nantucket Senior Man and Senior Woman of the Year.

They are: Jim Richard and Mary Malavase.

This award recognizes volunteerism by seniors who are active and involved in the community at large. Since 2004, one man and one woman have been recognized. Before that, the award, begun in 1988, recognized one individual.

Criteria for this award:

  • Must be 60 or older
  • Enthusiastically involved in the community
  • A role model for peers
  • Representative of all the outstanding seniors on our island
  • Exemplify the “spirit of positive aging”
  • Cheerfully willing to help others
  • Cannot be a paid of employee of a senior center, Council  on Aging or Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands

Jim Richard

Jim Richard, an island resident since the age of seven, returned home in 1975 after serving in the Marine Corps. While still working full-time, he started many programs supporting island veterans and showcasing their contributions, including leading efforts for the VFW and American Legion. He also served on the board of The Homestead and is a long-time board member of the Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs (NCEA), also known as Friends of Nantucket Seniors.

Mary Malavase

Island realtor Mary Malavase has been a volunteer for a long list of island organizations. As a member and past president of the Nantucket Garden Club, she has organized the annual Daffodil Show for many years. She served on the board of the Nantucket Historical Association and has steered its annual Festival of Trees. She is also a past president of the Chamber of Commerce and was chair of its Visitor Services Advisory Committee. 

A total of 23 nominations were received this year for 12 men and 11 women. The contributions of these 23 nominees cannot be overemphasized. They were selected from an especially active group of seniors who volunteer their time to serve on town boards, actively support of island non-profits and donate their time to assist individuals in need.

Jim Richard, an island resident since the age of seven, returned home in 1975 after serving in the Marine Corps. While still working full-time, he started many programs supporting island veterans and showcasing their contributions, including leading efforts for the VFW and American Legion. He also served on the board of The Homestead and is a long-time board member of the Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs (NCEA), also known as Friends of Nantucket Seniors.

A celebration luncheon honoring this year’s Seniors of the Year, along with all senior volunteers, is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, at Faregrounds restaurant. In addition to some 100 friends and family, it is attended by town and state government officials. The luncheon is sponsored by the NCEA/Friends of Nantucket Seniors.

Nantucket Council on Aging:

Mary Anne Easley, chair

Robert Kucharavy, vice chair

Arlene O’Reilly, secretary

Abby Camp

Rocky Fox

Erin Lynch

Judith Perkins

Nancy Swain

Linda Williams

Nantucket Senior Citizens of the Year Selected Annually by the Nantucket Council on Aging

  • 1988 Faith Oldham
  • 1996 John Maury
  • 1989 Paul Whitten
  • 1997 Alcon Chadwick
  • 1990 Sylvia Maltby
  • 1998 K Anne diCurcio
  • 1991 Beatrice Santos
  • 1999 Rev. Ted Anderson
  • 1992 Anna Mclean
  • 2000 Jane Harter
  • 1993 Fredrick Cook
  • 2001 Jareaseh St. Jean
  • 1994 Joseph Souza
  • 2002 James King
  • 1995 Gertrude Bernard
  • 2003 Peggy & Keith Krewson
  • 2004 Christine P. Santos and Reginald T. Reed
  • 2005 Eileen McGrath and Rev. Warren Gritzke
  • 2006 C. Jean Egan and Eldridge “Nick” Norton
  • 2007 Mary Glowacki and John McLaughlin
  • 2008 Joan Ottinger and Robert F. Mooney
  • 2009 Louise G. McGarvey and Joseph Aguiar
  • 2010 Louise Benoit and Manny Dias
  • 2011 Jackie Seidel and Phil Read
  • 2012 Randy Wight and Paul Connors
  • 2013 Sara Johnsen and Francis Pease
  • 2014 Emma Rusch and Michael Varbalow
  • 2015 Maureen Beck and Augie Ramos
  • 2016 Helene Blair and Maurice Gibbs
  • 2017 Fran Karttunen and Ned Wight
  • 2018 Peggy Kaufman and Allen Reinhard
  • 2019 Jeanette Topham and Peter Richards
  • 2020  No recipients due to Covid-19 pandemic
  • 2021 Joanne Polster and Ritch Leone
  • 2022  Barbara Kotalac and Bill Grieder
  • 2023  Jim Richard and Mary Malavase

 

Man & Woman of the Year 2020 & 2021 in the Daffodil Parade.

The NCEA was represented with this antique car courtesy of Bruce & Diane Holdgate.  The entry fee to the Chamber of Commerce was paid for by the Nantucket Odd Fellows. 

RENOVATION CELEBRATION!

April 14, 2022

A Thank You Party was held for all who were part of this successful project.  Including our donors, the local artists who decorated our walls, and the Board of Friends of Nantucket Seniors aka NCEA.

New floors, new door, new paint, new ceiling, fans and lights and new artwork. We celebrated it all with a great get together with our Nantucket friends. A night of music, art and refreshments.

Thanks to David Holland, of Robert Foster Fine Art, who has collected and put together a collection of local Nantucket Artists that will be displayed at Saltmarsh Center.  This along with the renovations to the Center, brings a new look at the talent the Island has to offer! 

Their artwork will add to the enjoyment of the members who attend classes and games there. The display will be on a revolving basis over the coming year.  Thank you to the artists involved for adding beauty to our environment.