Pauline Hamel, the MiM Coordinator, was presented with a Citation at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, for all she has done to over the past four years to help New Bedford become a healthier city. Since the inception of MiM in 2009, Pauline has implemented many successful initiatives for the City.
Some of these include:
- Creation of the New Bedford Bicycle Committee
- Collaboration with Mass in Motion Fall River, UMASS Dartmouth and SRPEDD to create a South Coast Regional Bikeway
- Citywide participation in the International and Statewide Walk and Bike to School Days since 2010
- Healthy Dining New Bedford
- Victory Park Children’s Garden with Trips for Kids New Bedford
- Mass in Motion New Bedford Soda Free Challenge initiative
- Distribution of the New Bedford Mass in Motion School Health and Wellness Resource Manual to all NB public schools, featuring the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative
- Adoption of the District-wide School Wellness Policies in New Bedford Public Schools in collaboration with the NBPS Health Advisory Council
- Adoption of a Board of Health Resolution for a Healthier Community through the Built Environment and Community Design
- Contributions to the New Bedford City Master Plan 2020 regarding public health, the built environment and opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating
- Collaboration with GNB Allies for Health and Wellness’ Health Equity Initiative (ongoing)
- Contributions to the Groundwork Southcoast proposal
Pauline has also developed a remarkable network of local partners (see PARTNERS tab), and has been an inspiration to many local leaders, partners and community members. Ward 3 City Council Henry Bousquet comments, “As you know Pauline and I became acquainted though the city’s initiative to reach out to families and get them eating healthy in season foods. I told the story of the root vegetable stew I made, and how Pauline’s leadership has help develop the NB Bike committee, and several community gardens, as well as various wellness programs through our the city. It’s been a pleasure to know and work with her and she will be missed. She is a professional, a hard worker, and an over all sweetheart of a person.”
The Mass in Motion New Bedford team as well as our partners wish Pauline our best as she steps down as Coordinator to return back to the classroom as a professor. Kim Ferreira, the Healthy Living Coordinator, will assume her role and continue to build upon the MiM foundation that Pauline has created.