"I’m not doing all I can if I’m not volunteering my time and creating opportunities for them to thrive," says Gina Deschamps '92G when speaking on how to help our students meet the challenges set before them. Her dedication and devotion have ultimately led to being named the 2020 recipient of the Salem State University Alumni Association's Elizabeth Williams Wade award.
The Elizabeth Williams Wade Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has made a notable achievement or made a lasting contribution to Salem State University through their philanthropic and voluntary endeavors.
Gina's commitment to volunteerism began in 2007 on the Salem State Foundation board, eventually serving as president. She has attended and volunteered at over 50 events and has mentored business school students because as she believes, "it's a good feeling to pay it forward!"
According to Jeff Cicolini ’94, foundation board treasurer and friend, “People with Gina's level of energy, talent and dedication are extremely rare. When an organization is fortunate enough to find someone like Gina, that person typically doesn’t serve on the board for over a decade like she has. We are well-positioned to face upcoming challenges and reach new heights because we’ve benefitted from Gina’s knowledge, energy and leadership.”
This year marks the awards 40th anniversary. Learn more about this award and the other recipients at salemstate.edu/alumni.