Springfield, Vt., Names Its Citizen of the Year

Springfield, Vt. — Sandy MacGillivray has been named Springfield’s Citizen of the Year by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. In a recent news release, the chamber praised MacGillivray’s “exemplary work ethic, ready smile and spirit of volunteerism” and said she has served the town in many capacities.

“Sandy has helped to keep local history alive for new generations,” the chamber said. She was instrumental in organizing the recent 85th anniversary celebration of Charles Lindbergh’s landing in Springfield and has interviewed local senior citizens for SAPA-TV. She is in the process of conducting 100 interviews to mark Springfield Hospital’s centennial anniversary.

MacGillivray, who is co-president of the Springfield Garden Club, helped update the club’s communication systems and guided the creation of the Iron Bridge Memorial Garden. She has also linked club activities to health-related issues through the Relay for Life and the “Plant It Pink” breast cancer initiative, the chamber said. In 2009, she received the Vermont State Garden Club’s “Golden Trowel” award.

A retired teacher, MacGillivray taught business at Springfield High School and River Valley Technical Center, and her interest in education continues. She helped establish the University of Vermont’s Osher Lifelong Learning program in Springfield and serves on the steering committee. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary organization for women educators, and she has volunteered for eight years in Springfield schools’ “Let’s Do Lunch” program, which matches students with adult mentors.

MacGillivray is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield. She has served on the boards of local organizations, including the Gallery at the Vault and Springfield on the Move, a nonprofit that works to enhance Springfield’s downtown.

The annual award was created in 1989 as a way to recognize residents’ “significant personal contributions to the community over and above their respective career paths,” the chamber said.