Chamber honors Citizens of the Year

Shown above are Helen Honorow and William Barry, selected by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce as its 2020 Citizens of the Year.

The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Helen Honorow and William “Bill” Barry as its 2020 Citizens of the Year. The award will be presented October 8 at the Chamber’s Annual Gala.

This year’s Gala, which will be held virtually for the first time, is being sponsored by Citizens Bank. The Citizen of the Year award is an annual tradition that began in 1945 with the first honoree, the then-Nashua Telegraph publisher Burtt Warren. 

Helen and Bill reside in Nashua and are partners in their legal firm, Barry & Honorow, PLLC. They truly exemplify what it means to be Citizen of the Year. Between them, they have served countless organizations throughout the Greater Nashua area and the impact of their work is far-reaching. 

According to Kate Luczko, President and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber, there were many deserving nominees. “We received so many incredible nominations for Citizen of the Year. Greater Nashua truly has some very outstanding individuals who have dedicated so much time and talent to our community,” Luczko said. “In the end, the committee strongly felt that, this year, Bill and Helen should be the award recipients. 

“Over the past few decades they have given, and continue to give today, an immeasurable about of time, energy, and resources to Greater Nashua and their impact is felt at such a diverse number of organizations. The Chamber is thrilled to be able to honor them,” she said.

Bill is currently President of the Rotary Club of Nashua, as it celebrates its centennial year, as well as a Trustee of Rivier University, member of the Girls Inc. capital campaign, and the Village Network. His other civic roles are numerous, and include being the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter President, a Trustee of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Commissioner of the Nashua Police Department, and a NH State Representative. Bill has also coached numerous local youth sports teams.  

Helen is a member of Rotary Club of Nashua West where she has served as President, and currently chairs the Community Projects Committee, Sunshine Committee, and 4-Way Speech Contest Committee. She is on the Board of Directors and Secretary of Gateways Community Services. Helen is also a longtime member of the NH State Board of Education, a Commissioner for the Nashua Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Board of Trustees for INSPIRE, and is a Trustee for the Nutt Foundation. Over the years she has served as a Board member and volunteer for a number of organizations including the NHBA Committee on Cooperation with the Courts, the Front Door Agency, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Girls Inc. 

In addition to Citizens Bank serving as the Presenting Sponsor for the Gala, several other companies are supporting this year’s event, including: Citizen of the Year Sponsor: Service Credit Union, Supporting Sponsors: Enterprise Bank, Eversource, Oracle, Pearl Marketing, and St. Mary’s Bank, and Contributing Sponsors: Law Logistics and Nashua Wallpaper Co. 

If you are interested in learning more about this year’s Citizens of the Year or the Chamber’s annual Gala, or want to explore Greater Nashua Chamber membership, please reach out to Chamber President & CEO, Kate Luczko at kate@nashuachamber.com  or (603) 860-6938. 

About the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce 

Incorporated in 1922, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) is the largest business organization in southern New Hampshire, focusing its efforts primarily on Nashua and the surrounding communities of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Merrimack, Milton, Mont Vernon, and Wilton. The GNCC acts as a catalyst for a successful Greater Nashua business community by advocating for and connecting individuals and businesses together, by inviting the right people to the table for important conversations, and by educating business owners and community leaders. They hold to a vision of a vibrant, diverse, thriving Greater Nashua community, recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as an attractive region in which to live, work, raise a family, and build a business. For more information please visit https://www.nashuachamber.com