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The holidays are a time to reflect upon the blessings we have received and what we, in turn, can do for others. That's especially true for our Outermost Community Radio family this year as we recently said goodbye to one of our most dedicated contributors. Susan Lindquist passed away on Thursday November 15 after an extended battle with cancer. Susan was a member of the WOMR Board of Directors and a broadcaster, but that doesn't even scratch the surface of what she meant to our organization and the world more generally.

Susan was fiercely committed to making the world a better place by working with individuals and organizations to help them live up to their ideals and achieve their potential. She was never hesitant to offer an opinion or criticism, but that input was always given with compassion and good humor. Her influence was felt far beyond Cape Cod's shores, as she was a founder of the Periwinkle Cooperative Nursery School in Marblehead. Her devotion to helping young people was further exemplified by her work in founding the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School and her roles with the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health, and the Latham School. Susan's professional career was capped by a 12 year run as the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Susan was on the Board of Directors at the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and the Cape Cod Five Community Foundation. She was on the Board of the Community Development Partnership and received that group's prestigious Gwen Pelletier award for Excellence in Community Service. Susan served for many years as the host of This Place Matters, a joint production of WOMR, the CDP, and Lower Cape Television. In addition to her service on the WOMR Board of Directors, Susan was an active member of the Program Committee, the Capital Campaign Committee, the Development Committee and the Policy Committee at the station. With all of these accomplishments, Susan may have been happiest with her work as a master gardener, and she liked nothing more than spending time in her yard with her dogs and her husband, Phil.

Susan Lindquist will be greatly missed, but she certainly will not be forgotten. At our recent annual meeting, Executive Director John Braden announced that Susan was posthumously named recipient of the Ernest Cooper Award For Outrageous Support of WOMR. Her name will be engraved on the plaque with just twelve previous recipients of the award over the station's 37 year history. The decision to bestow the honor was made before Susan's passing, and the timing only serves to make the award more poignant. Plans are in the works to further memorialize Susan's commitment to supporting the mission of community radio.

During this holiday season, we hope you have the chance to spend time with loved ones, enjoy the simple things in life, and do something nice for others. Staff members Chris Boles, John Braden, and Matthew Dunn are overwhelmingly grateful for the dedication and loyalty of more than 100 volunteers, many hundreds of members, and thousands upon thousands of listeners.

Thank you.