I was very pleased to read that my friend, Maureen Richichi, announced her candidacy to be a member of the Bedford Board of Health recently in the Bedford Citizen.
Over the last 30 years or so, our families have shared many dinners, holidays, camping trips, bike outings, and one special book club. But the first time I met Maureen was when she (and Ronnie Gould) spearheaded the community building of a new playground, initially the Tot Lot and now the Center Playground. Many families were involved in all stages of construction. So many have fond memories of how it truly does take a village to build something we can all be proud of.
Since then, I have known Maureen in a variety of capacities. Not only does she bring a vast knowledge of public health nursing needed for this position, but she also brings vast experience by participating on committees and task forces in town and at church.
Foremost, she is articulate, honest, and fair. She participates in meetings without a personal agenda, only striving to find the best and most equitable solution to an issue. She works to build consensus, and values stakeholder collaboration in all decision making. She’s approachable and always listens, carefully. When asked her opinion, she answers succinctly while teaching and informing you on how she arrived at her opinion.
Hopefully, these days of COVID and changes to our daily lives will soon be behind us. But afterward, there will still be many other health issues that the Town will face – tickborne diseases, eastern equine encephalitis, West Nile virus, substance abuse, and other viruses. Maureen has worked on several of these in the past and I know she’ll bring her broad knowledge, depth of experience, and compassion to the Board of Health as we tackle these and other unforeseen health issues.
Our town is so fortunate to have Maureen volunteer her skills and time to be on the Board of Health. She has my vote without reservation, I hope she will have yours. Vote for Maureen Richichi, BoH, on March 13, 2021.