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Holyoke, MA – October 1, 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization, recently honored Monson resident Denis Duquette with their Volunteer of the Year award at the organization’s annual meeting held on September 27th at the New England Aquarium in Boston. The honor was bestowed on Mr. Duquette for his countless hours of volunteer service to The Trustees and his local community in the Pioneer Valley region.
A founding member of The Trustees’ Peaked Mountain Property Committee and its current co-chair, Mr. Duquette has given countless hours of his time and leadership, from helping to organize the organization’s popular annual Peaked Mountain Birthday Run, to fundraising, clearing and maintaining trails, installing trail signage, organizing volunteer work days and, in general, going above and beyond with the gift of his time and talent.
Working as Project Coordinator for Chicopee’s Titan Roofing Company, Mr. Duquette is a self-proclaimed “Volunteer-a-holic” who enjoys serving the land and his local community in his “spare” time. He plays active roles as membership chair at the Monson Historical Society, Treasurer at the Monson Garden Club, and volunteers at the Senior Center and Monson Library. He also lends a hand in his community with ongoing tornado recovery efforts and can be seen picking up litter on various streets in Monson. A lover of nature and the outdoors, Mr. Duquette, along with his wife, has placed on his bucket list a plan to visit all of the Trustees’ 109 reservations around the state and as many National Parks as possible.
Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest non-profit conservation organization. The organization’s mission is to hold in “trust” and “preserve, for public use and enjoyment,” “reservations,” or properties, of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” For over 120 years, The Trustees have worked to conserve the natural, cultural and scenic character that makes Massachusetts’ landscapes and communities unique. The Trustees own and manage 109 properties totaling more than 27,000 acres, serving more than one million visitors each year. Supported by over 100,000 member families, generous donors and over 1,500 volunteers annually, The Trustees work to foster healthy, active, and green communities, with an emphasis on encouraging sustainable, local agriculture and urban and suburban community gardens throughout Massachusetts. For more information visit www.thetrustees.org.