Greater Holyoke Chamber Names 2016 Ambassador of the Year

HOLYOKE — The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce gave its 2016 Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award to Katherine Buckley, personal customer service representative at Goss & McLain Insurance.

“It is our privilege to honor Katie Buckley for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce,” said Kathleen Anderson, chamber president. “We value her enthusiasm, energy, and the support she brings to the chamber ambassador committee. Katie goes over and above her role as an ambassador in welcoming people to our events and networking opportunities.”

Added Wanda Zabawa, business manager and chamber ambassador committee coordinator, “we’re grateful for the service and dedication that Katie has demonstrated on behalf of the chamber. Our ambassadors are crucial to the success of our mission to support our members and local businesses.”

The chamber’s primary role is to provide support and resources to its existing members in order for them to prosper and grow. The goal and messages of the chamber are carried to members through the ambassadors as they disseminate information to members and the community. Ambassadors help to familiarize current and prospective members about the chamber and its services and benefits, while helping businesses get the greatest return on their membership investment.

Buckley started with Goss & McLain in 2009 shortly after her graduation from Endicott College. She is a Leadership Holyoke graduate and became a chamber ambassador in 2012. She serves on the board of the Holyoke Merry Go Round and is a Holyoke Rotarian, as well as an active member of the Junior League of Greater Springfield.

Buckley received the award after accumulating the most credits through volunteerism and participation throughout the year. Buckley and her manager, Deborah Buckley, president of Goss & McLain Insurance, will be honored at the chamber’s Holiday Business Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Log Cabin. Tickets cost $25. To register, visit holyokechamber.com.

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