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Recognizing the Hub’s Local Heroes

Thousands of extraordinary people perform acts of kindness throughout the city each day, but the good they do is often left unreported. In an effort to change that, Metro asked you to nominate the people who deserve recognition in our community.

Thousands of extraordinary people perform acts of kindness throughout the city each day, but the good they do is often left unreported. In an effort to change that, Metro asked you to nominate the people who deserve recognition in our community. Here are a few of the Local Heroes who made a difference in 2010:

Sarah Gogel
Founder of Global Potential


Sarah Gogel’s commitment to human rights and community service has taken her across the globe — from India to Nicaragua. Today, she spends her afternoons inspiring Boston high-school teens at Global Potential, a nonprofit international exchange program she founded in New York in 2007. After six months of leadership training and preparation, Global Potential sends inner-city students to developing countries for community-service work during summer vacation.

“Sarah gives herself 100 percent to her students,” said Daniel Alfaro, a former participant at Global Potential, who nominated Gogel for Boston’s Local Hero. “She truly cares about us and about creating meaningful social impact in our world, locally and internationally.”

Gogel, a graduate of Harvard University, is currently studying for a dual degree of law at Northeastern University and social policy at Brandeis University. After finishing her schooling, Gogel is hoping to expand Global Potential to her hometown of Paris, France.


Denise Wilson Montgomery


It’s a wonder Denise Wilson Montgomery finds time to eat and sleep.

This Boston mother is also a mentor, business woman and volunteer.

Her niece, Darrylyn Paxton, nominated Mongometry as a Local Hero because of her success in business and her steady devotion to giving back.

Montgomery is a director at Mary Kay, utilizing her accounting degree from Bentley, and trains new employees on building their business.

Montgomery also occupies her time mentoring women through her church Bethel AME in Jamaica Plain. Through her “Power Imaging Program,” she coaches women who are trying to get back on their feet and find a job. She also helps them find housing, furniture and personal necessities to rebuild their lives.

For ten years, Montgomery has also participated in the Boston Breast Cancer Walk, raising money to help cure a disease that took her mother’s life.

 
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