Beaulieu’s service helps Leeker family
Dan Beaulieu's volunteer work has given him a chance to help the family of a local boy with a terminal genetic disease.
Trevor Leeker, 11 1/2 months, has Krabbe disease and doctors said in March he may only live another two or three months. His parents, Bill and Michelle Leeker, will receive money in a round-about-way from Beaulieu to help with medical expenses. Beaulieu was recently awarded the money for his volunteer work, though he'd be the last person to tell you about it.
"For me the limelight detracts from the tangibleness of the award," said Beaulieu. "For me it's more important to be anonymous and not reap any benefits from it. That's just how I am."
This time however, Beaulieu hasn't been able to avoid the spotlight. Sallie Mae, a loan servicing center dealing primarily in student loans, awarded their employee Beaulieu a community service award. The winner of the award receives an amount of money that they donate to the charity of their choice.
The award goes to someone from Sallie Mae's who has done outstanding work in volunteering. Beaulieu certainly qualifies. He's been an active volunteer in different organizations for years now.
"I've been involved in Halfway House for Men about five years now," said Beaulieu. He serves as President of the Board of Directors for the house. Beaulieu is also secretary for the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee for the Baldwin High School.
"That was just formed this year," said Beaulieu. "It's a committee formed by people in the community."
Beaulieu has also been active in the United Way, and Junior Achievement. Beaulieu got a chance to teach through the junior achievement award.
"A bunch of volunteers from different corporations go in and Junior Achievement has a set lesson plan that's about a week long," said Beaulieu.
Beaulieu said that the actual program varied.
"The one I did was social studies. We went to Kennedy school and I had fifth graders. One example of this program's lesson plan is teaching students the difference between types of businesses. You'd get them to form groups and create their own businesses," said Beaulieu. "It's a neat thing; you get to interact with the kids."
Despite all the volunteer work he's done, Beaulieu remains modest. People from his work wanted to nominate him for this same award last year, but he said he never really wanted to do it.
"I felt like it would detract from the work itself," said Beaulieu. "To me the work is where the real tangible award is, through watching someone recover in a halfway house, or knowing that the Leekers are going to have the money."
Beaulieu decided to donate his money from the award to the Knights of Columbus, another group he is involved with in Baldwin, with specifications that it go to the Leeker family. Beaulieu said he's glad to have had a chance to help the Leeker family, and he hopes that perhaps by receiving this award he will impact others.
"Maybe it'll motivate other people to do more volunteer work. Maybe there is something there that that tangible award will make them say 'wow,'" said Beaulieu. "Maybe other people can be motivated to do other things within their community."