PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Health Systems has presented a longtime member of its board of trustees and a widely respected community volunteer with the Gladys Allen Brigham Award.
Carole Siegel, who has served for many years on the BHS board and is well-known for her deep volunteer service with numerous local organizations, was presented the honor at the Berkshire Health Systems annual meeting on Wednesday at the Colonial Theater.
"Carole has spread her incredible commitment to volunteerism to many corners of our community," said Susan Kormanik, who presented the award to Siegel. "In fact, there are likely few organizations in this region that have not in some way been impacted by Carole Siegel."
"I am grateful to be recognized for doing something I love," said Siegel in accepting the award.
Siegel served for 30 years in the Pittsfield Public Schools as a school adjustment counselor. After retirement, she has continued to provide consulting and training for school systems focusing on enhancing the classroom social and emotional learning environment, as well as team building for school staff.
She has served the Juvenile Resource Center, counseling the children and consulting with the center’s staff. She has served on the advisory committee for Kids 4 Harmony and on the boards of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College and the Berkshire Theatre Group.
Siegel also has served on the board of directors of HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Elder Services and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. For 40 years she has acted in a leadership role for Knesset Israel Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. Siegel has also served on the Pittsfield Human Services Advisory Council and the Steering Committee of Friends of Pontoosuc Lake.
One of Siegel’s passions is classical music, and she has been a longtime member of the Tanglewood Council. As part of that commitment, Siegel has been a member of the executive and administrative committees, co-chair of the Highwood and Music Education projects, training coordinator, and chair of a lecture series at the Berkshire Museum, where she has served as a corporator.
Established in 1976 by the Board of Trustees, the Gladys Allen Brigham Award honors an individual who "contributed to the growth and development of community healthcare and services with particular devotion to Berkshire Medical Center, and recognizes his or her "enthusiasm, loyalty, and leadership in support of BMC through the Auxiliary, as a volunteer, as a board member or as a citizen." Additionally, the award recognized its namesake for "her love, enthusiasm and leadership enhancing and inspiring not only the people, but the numerous institutions of Berkshire County with whom she has been affiliated."