PITTSFIELD -- Lisa Love's dream of becoming a registered nurse is closer to reality thanks to Eddie Taylor.
The Alford woman says Taylor, an outreach admissions counselor at Berkshire Community College, is the one who finally convinced her to enroll in BCC's nursing program.
"He's my biggest mentor and the reason I'm starting my third semester at BCC," she said. "I don't know how I could possibly repay him."
Love's glowing remarks about Taylor came as he received the second annual "Content of Character" award during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Second Congregational Church.
Established by the church in 2012, the award recognizes ordinary people who improve their community.
Taylor also received citations from Gov. Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts House and Senate.
The Pittsfield native was also honored for organizing last year's Pitt Park Heritage Festival and being the founder and executive director of the Social Education Engaging Diversity, or SEED, Network. Through SEED, he has helped get more men, especially fathers, involved in the community, promote literacy among adults and help young people establish contacts with community and business leaders.
However, Taylor says the content of his character begins with his wife Ruth and their three children.
"Without them, there is no me," he said. "I also stand before you a flawed and humbled man.
"People who change the world usually are flawed," noted Taylor's friend, Tyrone "Ty" Allan Jackson. The local children's author was the inaugural recipient of the award.
Taylor noted the award is about future endeavors as well as past achievements.
"The true value of this award are the challenges I have moving forward," he said.
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