Santa came early to the SHARE foundation in the person of Westport resident Gilbert Goulet who honored the memories of the two women he loved with a memorial donation to the SHARE Foundation in their names.
The Lucie and Lorraine Goulet Memorial Fellowship Fund of $15,000, along with a University of Massachusetts Foundation state match of $7,500 will fund student engineers to work over the summer months at the UMass Dartmouth Center for Rehabilitation Engineering.
The SHARE Foundation is the funding arm of the Center, where engineers develop, build and provide computer-enhanced adaptive equipment for children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), multiple sclerosis, blindness, spinal cord injuries and more. Since 1981, the non-profit organization has served more than 2,500 clients.
"I'm elated by Mr. Goulet's generosity," said Professor Lester W. Cory, SHARE president and Center director. "It will enable students to not only assist our staff members with their important work but also gain technical knowledge and experience in the rehabilitation engineering field."
"I know that both of these wonderful ladies would wholeheartedly agree with my decision to donate to SHARE in their honor," said Mr. Goulet. "I've been familiar with the good work done by Prof. Cory and his staff for many years and I can't think of a better cause to support."
Mr. Goulet was born in Fall River and lived in Tiverton, Rhode Island for many years with his first wife, Lorraine, who passed away in 1995. They are the parents of three daughters, Suzanne, Louise and Jeanne. In 2002, he married Lucie, who died unexpectedly in the fall of 2005.
"This (gift) represents the fulfillment of the life we shared," Mr. Goulet said.
In fact, Mr. Goulet relishes playing Santa Claus at Our Lady of Grace Church in Westport, local bazaars and other events during the holiday season.
Gifts of $10,000 or more made to the university by the end of December qualify for the state matching gifts program. Donors may name the fund and specify its purpose.
Author: "Susan Gonsalves"
Submitted by: Dr. Antonio Costa
Department: College Of Engineering