Roslindale Village Main Street announced its picks for Outstanding Volunteer and Business at its annual report meeting this week.
Each year Boston Main Streets asks each neighborhood Main Street board to nominate a volunteer and a business they think have made an extraordinary effort in the past year. Honorees from each Main Street district are recognized at an annual award reception in May.
Resident and co-chair of the local farmers’ market, Jaime Pullen, was named the volunteer of the year, while Mexican market El Chavo was named the district’s outstanding business for 2011.
Stephanie Cave, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street, said Pullen has been an incredible asset to the community.
“Through her vision and energy and the help of a strong committee, she transformed it [the farmers’ market] into one of the best markets in Massachusetts,” Cave stated.
Pullen, approached after the announcement, said, “It’s really an honor, but it’s hard to give it to one person. I totally share this with all the volunteers.”
As for the business award, Cave said El Chavo’s owners, Alejandro Rodriguez and Lucy Galvan, have been “a consistent model of creativity and enthusiasm ... that through their leadership and involvement, that we have been able to make strides in forming new relationships and fulfilling key initiatives.”
Rodriguez said he was thrilled to be honored. “I’m excited,” he said. “It’s awesome. After doing all the hard work, we have benefitted from the things we have done in the last year.” He added, “We live here and we really love Roslindale. It is a warm town, very diverse and very welcoming.”