Woonsocket's very own "Macgyver," Steve Laramee, was honored by the Woonsocket Rotary Club with the 2021 Vocational Service Award.
Macgyver, a fictional television character who was portrayed as possessing genius-level intellect, superb engineering skills, excellent knowledge of applied physics along with military training. Macgyver used his scientific knowledge and inventive nature to use of common items to solve any problem and always carried a trusty Swiss Army knife.
While Laramee is not a fictional character, he is truly a person known in the community for his ingenuity and ability to complete any task given to him, and to help solve any problem he may be challenged with. Laramee can often be seen volunteering for Woonsocket Rotary Service Projects, including the Coleman and Globe Park Schools' Library re-builds and the Sayles Street Family Shelter landscape beautification project. Laramee's most recent assignment was serving as the Entertainment Coordinator for the Rotary Main Stage at Autumnfest where he helped bring the very best arrays of entertainment to the Rotary Main Stage.
Woonsocket Rotary President Nicole Brien told those in attendance at last nights event that, "Steve often showed up to volunteer, not knowing what he was volunteering for and what needed to be done; but he was always there."
Laramee, while not a Rotarian himself, is often considered a "Defacto" Rotarian, often present at Woonsocket Rotary events with his wife, Emily Laramee, who is a member of the Woonsocket Rotary Club and owner of the Art Den. Laramee, who is employed as the Director of Facilities for Unibank also share the special occasion with his family beside him.