2009 Awards: Nancy Quesnell

Laughter is the best medicine; it brings people together; it makes you feel good; and most folks can share a laugh even if they have little else in common. As I understand it, this is one of the important reasons that Nancy Quesnell started a chapter of the Red Hat Society in Ferndale.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Red Hat Society is a social group for women, who may or may not be of a certain age, who spend time together and emphasize humor and fun in their activities. Their red hats highlight their penchant not only for high fashion, but for silliness as well.

It is my understanding that the Red Hat Society also stands as a bit of a metaphor for Nancy. She’s whimsical and fun to be around. She is also extremely active in the community, including 27 years of dedicated employment with Michigan Social Services and volunteering with the Ferndale Seniors. In fact, even though she’s now retired, she runs a small business which she keeps small in order to spend time of community activities. She also bakes delicious cakes, cupcakes and cookies which she donates to all Ferndale Senior Service Bake Sales.

I’d like to read a brief segment of her nomination, partly because it was heartfelt message that Nancy should hear, but also because it reveals her age, and I’d rather blame that slip on Loretta:

“She has the ability to keep people motivated and this lady is now over 70 years old and going strong. She is very shy in taking credit for anything she does—But she really does a lot! Thank you Nancy!”