2015 Hattie Brown

Meet the Hattie Brown Award Recipient for the 230th Fourth of July Celebration

Susan Remieres Donovan

Written by Judi Squires

The Hattie Brown Award has been presented since 1987 to a worthy Bristolian who demonstrates the same spirit of community service that was exhibited by Hattie Brown. Hattie was a long time member of the Fourth of July Committee and was well known for her charitable contributions and community service in Bristol and throughout the state. She could always be counted on for her support whether it was a church, youth organization or fraternal order.

Susan graduated from Bristol High School in 1971. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from RI College in 1975 and a Master of Education degree in School Leadership and Administration in 2007.

Photo: Hattie Brown Award Recipient Susan Remieres Donovan after receiving the award at the Committee’s General Meeting.She is married to Glenn Donovan and has three children, Glenn, Colleen and Cara and three grandchildren, Ellie, Liam and Grace.

Susan was a teacher in Bristol/Warren from 1977-2010. She is presently a consultant for the Brown University School of Public Health Institute of Community Health Promotion.

Susan received the Bristol/Warren Regional School District’s 2008 Teacher of the Year Award as well as the Governor’s Award for Wellness Innovation in 2007 and in 1995 and 2004 she was named RI Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Susan has been the President of the East Bay Chapter of Habitat for Humanity since 2010. She founded the chapter along with Sister Johnelle Luciani, RSM in 1999. They will be finishing a house in Bristol this year.

Susan also has been Secretary for Save Bristol Harbor and a Board member since 2004. She established the first Linden Place Cultural Camp for Children along with Gerdie Pardee in 1992.

Other Community Activities include: Board Member Bristol Art Museum; Advisor to Bristol/Warren Education Foundation; Participant/Facilitator for Voices and Visions for Bristol; Bristol/Warren Wellness Committee 2006-2012; One of the three founders and volunteer coach for 5 years of the Bristol/Warren Special Olympics Team; Governor’s Literacy and the Arts Task Force Member; RI Comprehensive Arts Plan Program Committee; Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Children and Youth Task Force and School Health Advisory Council; and Healthy Schools Coalition (Thrive) advisor

Recent Hattie Brown Award Recipients

  • 2014 – Roy Leffingwell
  • 2013 – Edmund P. “Hector” Massa
  • 2012 – Diane Davis
  • 2011 – Richard C “Dickie” Sousa
  • 2010 – Elizabeth “Betty” Brito
  • 2009 – Antonio A. “Tony” Teixeira