FITCHBURG – At the MassTrails Conference, State Representative-elect Kate Donaghue was the inaugural recipient of the Kimball T. Simpson Award.
The award recognizes “those who have shown exceptional leadership of and dedication to the conservation and stewardship of the trails of Central Massachusetts and beyond.”
Simpson, the late husband of Donaghue, died in December 2021. Simpson an avid hiker, was a huge advocate for trails and organizations that preserved trails.
Donaghue was just elected to the newly-create 19th Worcester district, which includes Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Precinct 21A in Framingham. She will be sworn in at the State House in January 2023.
Donaghue, a Westborough resident, received the award for her “steadfast and dedicated work on the trail, in the boardroom and at large fundraising for numerous trail organizations.”
The 2022 MassTrails Conference took place on Saturday, November 12 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg.
The MassTrails Conference is hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) with funding provided by the Recreational Trails Program / MassTrails.