Earlier this month, several Rhode Islanders received the Silver Beaver Award from the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America, an honor designated for leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to youth in their local communities.  The awards were given during the 2019 Council Meeting and Recognition Dinner at Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass.

Among the recipients was North Kingstown resident and CEO of Gilbane Development Company Edward Broderick.

As CEO of Gilbane, Broderick has over 30 years of experience in the engineering, development and management industries. He also leads the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, sits on the Bishops Real Estate Committee, the Urban Land Institute and has served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA.

Broderick, who achieved the rank of Life Scout, also has a son who is an Eagle Scout. 

According to an announcement from the Scouts’ leadership, Broderick, along with the six other recipients, received the award because they “exemplified hard work, self-sacrifice and years of service.” 

“Upon nomination by their local Scout council and with the approval of the National Court of Honor, recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made a profound impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council,” the announcement reads.  

According to spokeswoman Victoria Vichroski, Broderick was chosen for the Silver Beaver Award because of his leadership of the Narragansett Council executive board for three years “during a time of significant change.”  

“This was in addition to his substantial civic and corporate leadership in other arenas of the community,” she added.  

She went on to say that, under Broderick’s leadership on the executive board, a new CEO, Tim McCandless, was also selected.

“In fact, Ed chaired the selection committee,” she said. “Ed provided focus to the board’s strategic planning with an action oriented ‘Game Plan’ to guide the council over the next two years and he oversaw the development of the council’s new ‘Properties Strategic Plan.’” 

Through his leadership, she continued, Broderick led the organization to two consecutive years of membership growth, which had not been the case for several years, adding that, under his leadership, the council achieved Gold in the Scouts’ “Journey to Excellence” performance program that recognized councils for excellence in program, leadership, governance and stewardship.  

He also “gave greater priority to increasing the diversity of our executive board to include more women, minorities, and younger members,” she said. 

McCandless added that Broderick provided a “laser-like focus on reaching more youth with Scouting.”  “Our recruiting programs have grown for three years in a row and we have had membership growth for two years in a row after several years of membership losses,” he said.   

Other award recipients included Christopher Bianco of Riverside, David Curtin of Johnston,  Patricia Hayes Gomm of Warwick, Marcia Kenyon of Narragansett, David Knox of North Attleboro and Matthew Lang of Coventry. 

Each recipient has volunteered for the council, its units and their communities, helping the organization continue to grow throughout Southeastern New England for youth, families and volunteers.

McCandless said that all seven were recognized because of their “outstanding work in supporting our Scouts and program.”

“The Silver Beaver Award commends those who have made a significant and positive impact on the youth in our community,” McCandless said. “We were honored to recognize this year’s recipients for their outstanding work in supporting our Scouts and program.”

Along with the Silver Beaver awards, the council also recognized WPRI 12/Fox Providence’s  Mike Montecalvo with the North Star award for his commitment and service to its annual Scouting for Food drive over the past 25 years. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America for my work with Scouting for Food. This vital program is not only a teachable moment for children but also helps families in their time of need,” said Montecalvo. “I also appreciate Nexstar Media Group and WPRI 12/FOX Providence for their continued support in promoting this essential program.”

According to the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America website, the organization’s mission is to “serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential”– a mission that McCandless said all the award recipients exemplified. 

“Congratulations to this year’s Silver Beaver recipients, and to Mike on receiving the North Star award,” McCandless said. “Each of these leaders have earned this recognition, and we’re blessed to have them participate in our programs.”

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