Updated: Dec 25, 2022
After three and a half years I feel as though I finally have had some time to figure out what worked and what I could do better for our community. I finally am using my down time to put thought and meaning into a website. A website that will spread information to our community about events and fundraisers but also the hope is to bring awareness to other groups in our community who are doing great work.
This is my first blog and it won't be the last, as I have always been someone to enjoy writing and always wanted to have my own blog, so here it is. This blog will not be very long as I want to make sure to capture the community and not bore you:)
For those who know me I hope that you learn a bit more about me over the next few weeks and months, and for those who don't know me, welcome.
I think in town I hear a lot of "oh you're Heather Smith", and if you asked my daughters they would say that they hear quite a bit "oh I know your mom".
A bit about me and why I started the Hopkinton Community Partnership~I am a native New Yorker, no not "THE" New York, but a proud Buffalonian, who wishes to see far more Buffalo Bills games than I do. I was born and raised in Buffalo, and what many think is that all Buffalo has are great chicken wings and snow, am I right? If you ever get a chance to go to Buffalo I highly suggest it, as Lake Erie is absolutely beautiful and summers are the best. As for the wings, you really will never find anything better than Duffs or The Anchor Bar!
I graduated ( not going to reveal the year) from Utica College of Syracuse University, at that time it was a private college, I liken it to being the sister college of the big SU. I studied Psychology and have a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and found my soulmate. I met my husband, Brian, who is from Massachusetts, and we were together living our best college life for four years! After graduation, I went back home and he came back home to Massachusetts to attend graduate school. About three months after being home from college I packed up Uhaul, grabbed my friend and we came to Boston. No job, No apartment, No plan. I will admit coming to Boston wasn't too daunting as my brother lived her, but still, did I mention, no job, no place to live, no plan? Carefree and living our best life.
I lived in Boston for 8 years before moving out to the "burbs", Hopkinton. We moved here over 22 years ago because the High School had been renovated and the CEO I worked for lived her and suggested we move here. We got married, and moved out to Hopkinton and what a shock it was. Back then Door Dash and Grubhub did not exist. Food delivery in town did not exist, to say we were perplexed was an understatement, ha. We loved it out here and a few years later....children happened. I found myself becoming involved in the HPTO volunteering as much as I could while juggling being a full time working mom at a Fortune 500 company in Boston. I ran many programs and moved from school to school volunteering with the intention of meeting new people, knowing the staff, and giving back to the schools.
In 2017 I joined the HEF (Hopkinton Education Foundation) where I sat on their Board and helped to plan their Gala's. In 2019, I became the President of the HEF, while I was still on the Board for the HPTO. I enjoyed both organizations, and each has a separate mission for our schools. I served as the HEF President for one year and two months later I started the Hopkinton Community Partnership. Having sat on both Boards for our schools, I quickly found an area that the HCP would fit in and not step on any toes.
Stay tuned for more on the HCP and where were fill in.....