METHUEN — Four Methuen Village Assisted Living Residents took a trip to Worcester recently to deliver donations that will be brought to children living in Brit's Home, an orphanage in Haiti.

Methuen Village residents, families and staff began collecting donations for Be Like Brit Foundation Inc. during their “Day in Haiti” cultural program earlier this year. Be Like Brit was formed in memory of Britney Gengel, a Massachusetts college student who died in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Residents Walter Baylor, Marjorie Hunter, Suzanne Corcoran and Dolores Chasse traveled to Worcester to the Be Like Brit Operations Center to deliver five boxes of donations that included toiletries, cake mixes for children's birthday celebrations, canned chicken and tuna, batteries and tinfoil. The items will be brought to Haiti by missionaries, according to a press release.

While there, the Methuen Village residents got to see photos of the children who live in Brit's Home and were given a tour of the operating center.

“I am so proud of Methuen Village and of these four residents who made the trip to Worcester,” said Anne Lafortune, EnrichedLIFE director at Methuen Village.

Local wins nationwide pharmacy award

METHUEN — Diane Martin recently won the Bowl of Hygeia Award, an American Pharmacists Association recognition honoring pharmacists with outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities.

The Bowl of Hygeia is the international pharmacy symbol. The award, presented annually, honors pharmacy associates in each of the 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Martin is vice president of pharmacy operations at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, where she had also served as director of pharmacy. A Lawrence native and Methuen resident, Martin has worked to “break down barriers to medication access” and implemented the 340B drug pricing program at the health center. She also consulted for the American Pharmacists Association on the 340B program, according to a press release.

Martin is involved in the community, helping serve homeless patients and volunteering her time at nursing homes. She also went to Haiti to help provide pharmacy services after the 2010 earthquake, and continued to be an advocate by speaking at the United Nations Academic Impact Conference in 2012.

White Fund lecture on disability justice planned

LAWRENCE — Disability justice advocate Lydia X. Z, Brown will present, in partnership with Northern Essex Community College, a White Fund lecture titled, “They Must Not Stamp Us Out: Why We Need Disability Justice” on Thursday, April 12.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the NECC White Fund Room, 78 Amesbury St., Lawrence. It will also be telecast to the Harold Bentley Library on the college's Haverhill campus in room A112.

This is one of several events scheduled in recognition of “All Abilities Week,” which celebrates individuals with disabilities.

Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration and policing. She is a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Services, a stakeholder representative to the Massachusetts One Care Implementation Council overseeing health care for Medicaid/Medicare dually-eligible individuals, and a board member of the Autism Women’s Network. She is the lead editor and visionary behind “All the Weight of Our Dreams,” the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color, published by the Autism Women’s Network in June 2017.

Funded by a financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series provides cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts and politics, for Lawrence-area adults, youth and children. View expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

For additional information or to be notified of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, contact Analuz Garcia at or call 978-738-7423 or visit the website

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