By SHERIDAN CYR
The Plainville Chamber of Commerce has announced its 110th annual awards recipients to honor businesses and individuals whose actions create a positive impact on the Plainville economic community.
There are few in town who have not been effected in some way by the works of Shirley Osle, the assistant town manager and a public servant of 38 years who has worn many hats along the way. That is why Osle will be recognized as the recipient of the Distinguished Community Leadership award at the chamber’s dinner meeting on April 24.
In a press release, the chamber explained Osle “provides a key leadership role that extends to work on budgets, special projects, purchasing, community events and all aspects of Human Resources.”
Osle has received the town’s distinguished budget award for 17 years in a row. She implemented the Community Human Services Committee that quarterly brings together all town related human service agencies. She has also served as a Plainville Rotarian, including Rotary president, chair of the Penny Sale, and is currently chair of the Rotary Scholarship, Rotary Foundation and Rotary Golf Tournament.
Beyond that, Osle is an active Plainville Chamber board member and United Way allocation committee member and is an active volunteer in the schools.
“Shirley’s leadership skills were notable demonstrated when she was appointed interim Town manager twice when the circumstances required this,” reads the press release. “This was an enormous responsibility and Shirley continued to deliver exceptional service during this time. Shirley accepts each challenge with courage and commitment to the town.”
Osle said she was honored to receive such recognition. “I’m just so overwhelmed that they would consider me for this honor,” she said. “I do this work because I love this town, its residents, and I feel like this is where I belong.”
She hopes that the service she has done over the years has made Plainville the best that it can be.
“I love this town. This is my home. I’ve given it my all, and I feel very satisfied that I’ve always been here doing the best I could to help as many people as I can,” Osle said.
Town Manager Robert Lee commended his colleague for her dedication to the town and said she is well-deserving of the award.
“Shirley has always been a ‘can do’ person with a positive attitude and a smile on her face,” Lee said. “She has dedicated herself to Plainville for many years and has been instrumental in all of the town’s accomplishments.”
Lee noted that Osle is well respected by her peers and all of the town employees in her capacity of assistant town manager and Director of Human Resources.