The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell is honoring Paul Marion with its Thomas G. Kelakos Community Spirit Award. Paul is a wisely chosen honoree – next to his family – community is Paul’s life, his focus, his passion. A true son of Lowell, Paul is a voice for the community expressing visions for the future rooted in the experience of the past. A poet, author, editor, writer, cultural and community affairs guru – currently the Executive Director of Community and Cultural Affairs at UMass Lowell, Paul was recognized by Community Teamwork in 2008 as a Local Hero. I believe that for his contributions to improving the quality of life in his Lowell community, he is a local treasure and a role role. When asked recently by a local newspaper editor for my thoughts about Paul, I noted:
“Paul Marion is an author, poet, thinker and cultural activist and professional who has become an important voice for Lowell. For over 30 years he has guided, chronicled and espoused community cultural activities in the city – his commitment has been a constant – telling the story, inspiring partnerships, helping program development – from his time at the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission to his role today at UML as Executive Director, Community and Cultural Affairs.”
Join the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell on Friday Evening March 23, 2012 at Lenzi’s Catering in Dracut as they so rightfully honor my friend and colleague Paul Marion.
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