By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
After more than 20 years as the town’s state representative, the list of what Betty Poirier has accomplished and the people she has helped is lengthy indeed.
It’s a resume that anyone can be proud of, and it’s clear that many have benefited from her time at the State House.
The Town Council opened its second meeting of 2021 recognizing Poirier’s impact on the community and presenting her with a citation. The meeting was a virtual one, and Poirier called in from the Mad Moose, encouraging those listening to support the town’s businesses as it enters the new year.
“It’s been my honor and privilege to serve the people of the district,” said Poirier at the Jan. 11 meeting. “I’ve come to meet and know so many people and issues prominent in the community. I like to think I’ve made a difference and helped in whatever small way I have been able to.”
Poirier served as representative of the 14th Bristol District—North Attleborough, one precinct in Attleboro, and two in Mansfield—for more than two decades, announcing last April that she would not run for re-election. Poirier is known for being a strong presence around town and supporter of many different charities and organizations, including the WW II Memorial Pool. Betty’s Angels collects school supplies for area students, food for the needy, and other charitable causes.
Many on the council offered their thanks and remarks to Poirier. Michael Lennox said it was difficult to put his thanks into words, given what Poirier and her husband Kevin—who served as state representative for 20 years before his wife—have done for the town. He said that even before becoming a member of the Board of Selectmen, Poirier never lacked the time to speak to him on an issue.
“All of those small things that folks will never know about, because folks reached out to you and you were able to help them, means so much to this community,” said Lennox.
Council President Keith Lapointe said that few people have given to North Attleborough as much as Poirier. He’s been to the State House twice with Poirier, and recalled how members of both political parties would cross the room to greet her. He also said that she’s taken the time to say hello to everyone in the State House, from the governor to those that clean the building.
“Your dedication to the seniors, children, anyone who can’t fight for themselves, is unquestionable and really stands for your character,” said Lapointe.
Poirier said that her time at the State House taught her that it takes many hands for a job to get done, and that if people can’t get along, then the work won’t get done.
“My heart is in our community and your service is so important to the community,” she said. “I encourage you to continue your public service to the community.”
Councilor Justin Pare has a photo of himself and Patrick Reynolds being sworn in as selectmen by Poirier in his office. He said the community owes Poirier a debt of gratitude for the work she has accomplished, and he hopes that she continues to be active. Jo Ann Cathcart has worked alongside Betty for years and expects that she is far from done.
“I’ve known Betty to be someone with the biggest heart I’ve ever met, so kind and giving,” said Cathcart. “She’s not going to go away, she’ll still be in town.”