Long-serving senator honored

December 2, 2012 by  

A senator from Peabody who is about to retire was bestowed the title of ‘North Shore Distinguished Leader’ at a recent Chamber of Commerce dinner.

Fred Berry, a graduate of Boston College who is also a native of Peabody, has served the state of Massachusetts for 30 years and was bestowed with the honor along with eight other nominees for the distinguished leader award.

It is not the first time Berry has been recognized for meritorious service, having received service awards by several organizations and also having awards named after him. This is the first occasion that Berry has been named North Shore Distinguished Leader.

The award was developed two years ago as a way to recognize outstanding individuals in business, community, industry, and profession. A number of criteria were developed to narrow down the selection by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, including proven leadership, a high degree of social responsibility, and substantial social impact in North Shore communities.

Senator Berry has been in the Massachusetts Senate since 1982 when he was first elected. Berry, whohas cerebral palsy, rose through the ranks to become Majority Leader in the senate. He has been a champion not only for others with cerebral palsy but for many others with a wide range of disabilities.

Local chamber of commerce organizations offer some excellent chances to network and develop business contacts – so local print companies have plenty to gain from being members and might find that promoting the event leads to increased work.

Last fall, Berry publicly announced that he would not run again. Joan Lovely, a city councilor from Salem, will take over his position.