2024 Visionary Leadership Award

Published: February 21, 2024


Bridgewell will present Assistant Training Director Gary LaPierre with the Visionary Leadership Award for his contributions to the organization and its employees during his tenure.  LaPierre has worked at Bridgewell, which recently celebrated its 65th anniversary, for 43 years and is retiring this spring.

“The impact that Gary LaPierre has made on our employees and our organization is truly exceptional,” Tuttle said. “Almost every one of our 1,400 employees at Bridgewell has been impacted by his passion for training, born out of an in-depth understanding of the support needs of the people we serve.”

Tuttle announced that the agency’s supervisory skills training, developed and enhanced by LaPierre over many years, will be renamed the LaPierre Leadership Academy. This training is focused on developing managers’ leadership skills and broadening their knowledge of the organization as they grow professionally.

The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes excellence to Bridgewell, a community or a social cause. LaPierre is being honored for extraordinary service to Bridgewell over many years in a variety of roles. During his tenure, he made a positive impact on the individuals served by the organization while in direct care roles, and also in training roles, effectively imparting his own experience and passion for serving and supporting individuals to direct care staff and supervisors within the organization.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives during my 43 years at Bridgewell,” said LaPierre.

Bridgewell’s Imagine the Possibilities Gala and fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Sponsorship information and tickets are available.

Join us at the 2024 Imagine the Possibilities Gala!

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