SYFS asks public to “Nominate a Community Hero”

Southborough Youth and Family Services is looking to recognize someone who has served our community well. The agency is reaching out to the public for nominees for its annual Wellness Award.

The award is named in honor of SYFS’ former longtime director Laurie Sugarman-Whittier. This will be the third year that SYFS has presented the award. Nominations are due by the end of April.

In 2019 Mary-Ellen Duggan was presented the award at a special event celebrating wellness. Last year, an announcement was issued honoring Barbara Jandrue.

Here are the details for nominating someone to be the 2021 honoree:

LSWW award flyerSouthborough Youth and Family Services (SYFS) is excited to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, SYFS will be awarding the Laurie Sugarman-Whittier Wellness Award to honor an individual in one or more of these areas:

  • Someone that has promoted the mission of making Southborough a better place for all
  • A person who is a mental health or human services advocate
  • An individual that embodies wellness and resilience after overcoming challenges and adversity
  • Or someone that has worked in some other capacity to promote human welfare in Southborough.

There is no age requirement for this award and the award is not limited to Southborough residents though nominees must serve the Southborough community in some capacity.

Southborough Youth and Family Services is asking for nominations for this award from members of the Southborough community. If you know someone who has promoted community wellness or human services excellence, SYFS is open to nominations until Friday, April 30, 2021.

Some examples of a great nomination would be someone who:

  • assisted community members receive vaccination appointments
  • provided a free service and accepted donations to contribute to an important cause
  • hand made masks and donated them to at risk groups in need.

Laurie Sugarman-Whittier, former director of Youth and Family Services, dedicated over 30 years of her career to providing care and support to residents of Southborough. Laurie had a strong commitment to mental health education, and to fostering a nurturing and safe place for those dealing with mental health issues. Though Laurie retired in 2016, she left a legacy that is still evident in our community.

To nominate an individual please visit:

If you have questions about this award, please contact Sarah Cassell at or at 508-481-5676 ext 5. Thank you for your interest and your ongoing support of Southborough Youth and Family Services.

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