In 2005, Needham resident and community activist Patrick Forde passed away unexpectedly at the age of 51. Patrick was a person who cared deeply about Needham and about youth and families. His community involvement included being a Town Meeting member as well as the Commissioner of Trust Funds. Above all, Patrick was best known for being a “good person.”
Patrick was extremely supportive of the work of the Needham Youth Services (formerly known as the Needham Youth Commission) and understood the importance of families and of the healthy growth of youth. In an effort to honor Patrick, this award has been established by the Needham Youth Commission and will be given annually to a Needham resident who embodies his spirit.
This award will recognize an adult in the community who has helped make Needham a better place to live through his/her volunteer work and commitment. The recipient will be a person of high character, a person who has contributed in some significant way to Needham children, youth, and/or families, and a person who has enhanced those with whom they interacted.
Each year a ceremony is held to honor our recipient, and nominations will be accepted for the coming year until November 1, 2012.
The recipient of this award must: 1) Be a Needham resident; 2) Be at least 21 years of age; and 3) Not be paid for their work with children, youth, and/or families for which they are being nominated View the Program description and the Nomination Form
Watch the Needham Channel's Story on the 2013 Award
The 2013 Forde Award Recipient is
The 2013 presentation is scheduled for:
Monday, January 28 2013
5:00 pm at the Needham Public Library
Click here to view the invitation to the 2013 ceremony