BC Honors Community Service Leaders

BC Honors Community Service Leaders

By Kathleen Sullivan
Staff Writer

Boston College last week honored long-time broadcast journalist Sarah-Ann Shaw and Massachusetts General Hospital administrator Ronald A. Greene for championing diversity and civil rights in the city of Boston.

At an Oct. 24 ceremony in the McMullen Museum, Shaw, a former WBZ-TV reporter, received the 2001 Amanda V. Houston Community Service Award, while Greene was presented with the University's 2001 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award.

Amanda V. Houston Community Service Award winner Sarah-Ann Shaw with Ronald Greene, who earned the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. (Photo By Justin Knight)
Several Boston College administrators attended the annual event, sponsored by the Office of State and Community Affairs, which recognizes Boston-area citizens for their community involvement.

"These are fabulous people who have reached great heights," said Director of Community Affairs Jean McKeigue of this year's honorees. "They have such spirit and are good role models for our students."

Now retired, Shaw was WBZ-TV's first female African-American reporter. A life-long advocate for civil rights and education issues, Shaw has participated in antipoverty programs, voter registration campaigns, and health care outreach programs for inner-city families. She has had a long association with Action for Boston Community Development Inc., a non-profit human services agency that provides educational and job-skills assistance to the city's low-income residents.

A volunteer in Boston Public Schools under the aegis of Boston Partners in Education, Shaw is president-elect of the Boston Coalition of Black Women Inc., as well as the League of Women for Community Service. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ABCD, a Yankee Quill Award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, and achievement awards from the National Association of Black Journalism and the local chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors' Association.

Greene, primary base case manager at MGH, where he has worked for 30 years, is noted for his dedication to the development of a talented, culturally diverse workforce. At the hospital, he serves as chair of the Multicultural Members of Partners, a group that encourages and facilitates minority participation and achievement. Greene is president of the New England Regional Black Nurses Association Inc. and a member of the National Black Nurses Association.

He has represented the nursing community on the Multi-Coalition on Aging, the Massachusetts Foundation of Nursing and the MLK Jr. Committee of the South Shore. He has also participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Minority Women's Health Forum and the Timilty Pen Pal Program.


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