Making Democracy Work

First Fridays

2021-2022

A monthly forum usually held on the first Friday of every month. Speakers present on topics of importance to Lexington residents.

To see previous First Friday Forums on Lexmedia go to http://www.lexmedia.org/ondemand.html click on the 'Categories' tab, then select "League of Women Voters"

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, December 3, 2021
9:30AM via ZOOM
The comfort of your own home via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82379060877
Meet the Lexington Department of Health Director & a COVID-19 Update. In September 2021, the Town of Lexington announced the appointment of Joanne Belanger as the new Director of Public Health. In this role, Ms. Belanger is responsible for developing, managing, and assessing the comprehensive environmental health, community health, and public health emergency preparedness programs for Lexington. She will also lead Lexington's public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it develops.

Ms. Belanger will introduce herself and talk about her background and plans for the Lexington Health Department. She will also provide an update on COVID-19 as the town continues its program of testing, vaccinations/boosters, and vaccines become available to children 5-11 years old.

Joanne Belanger holds bachelor's degree in health services administration from Providence College and an associate's degree in nursing from Mass. Bay Community College. She comes to Lexington from the City of Lowell, where she served as Director of Health and Human Services, overseeing five city departments, with an 80 person staff. Prior to that, she spent more than 30 years at the Town of Andover Health Department ..In addition, Belanger is a registered nurse, Certified Professional Food Manager, Mass. Soil Evaluator, Certified Pool Operator, and has training in Incident Command Structure (ICS).

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82379060877

Or One tap mobile: US: +16465588656,,82379060877# or +13017158592,,82379060877#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 823 7906 0877

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kt7RnGhR2

This program is the third in the 2021-2022 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. The webinar will also be live streamed on Facebook under @LWVLexington. The event will be recorded and available on LexMedia at a later date.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For more information, contact the League convener Margaret Coppe at mecoppe@gmail.com.

Friday, November 19, 2021
9:30AM VIA ZOOM
The comfort of your home via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83466370196
A New Staff Position, Chief Equity Officer, and a New Person in this Role, Ms. Martha Duffield. We welcome Martha Duffield who was appointed as the Town's first Chief Equity Officer in July of this year. As Chief Equity Officer, Ms. Duffield will champion the Town's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. She will work with the Town's leadership, Town staff at all levels, and community leaders to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in Lexington. Ms. Duffield will be developing strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and hopes to advance antiracism and social inclusion training opportunities for employees, boards, and committees. She will also serve as the staff liaison to the Human Rights Committee and the Commission on Disability.

Ms. Duffield holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a master's degree in business administration from Simmons University. She worked as a civil engineer for the Town of Danvers Department of Public Works. As a resident of Burlington, Martha is the President of Burlington Against Racism (BAR) and co-founder of the Burlington Equity Coalition.

Ms. Duffield will be joined by Tanya Gisolfi-McCready, Chair of the Lexington Human Rights Committee. The Human Rights Committee was instrumental in promoting the creation of the Chief Equity Officer position to advance the efforts to make Lexington a more just and equitable community.

Following the panelists' presentations there will be ample time for questions from the audience.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83466370196

Or One tap mobile : US: +13017158592,,83466370196# or +16465588656,,83466370196#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 646 558 8656

Webinar ID: 834 6637 0196

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcltUxrJQE

The webinar will also be live streamed on Facebook under @LWVLexington. The event will be recorded and available on LexMedia at a later date.

This program is the second in the 2021-2022 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. The webinar will also be live streamed on Facebook under @LWVLexington. The event will also be recorded and available on LexMedia at a later date.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For more information, contact the League convener Margaret Coppe at mecoppe@gmail.com.