Teresa Bosela has been named Main Street Wellington’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year.
The award was handed down Jan. 10 at Sprenger Health Care Elms Retirement Village during Main Street’s annual meeting.
Main Street director Jenny Arntz cited Bosela’s outstanding contributions in a relatively short amount of time since becoming a volunteer in 2017.
“Teresa joined our marketing and promotions committee shorty after coming on at Main Street,” Arntz said. “She has honestly been our most dedicated and reliable volunteer. She’s been at almost every event that’s gone on, even those extremely hot ones in July and August. She was out there putting tents up on top of working at the museum. She also played a hand in creating a lot of the new events.”
Bosela has been an EMT at the South Lorain County Ambulance District since 1983 and registered nurse since 1990 at Cleveland’s St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, where she serves in the emergency room.
She has worked for King Realty since 1978 aside from a four-year stint working for Oberlin College from 1986 to 1990.
“I started working with volunteers at the Spirit of ’76 Museum and started a friends group there,” Bosela said. “A person in that group was from Main Street and told me I should give it a shot too. I went to a meeting and enjoyed it so much.”
“I guess they’ve appreciated me getting out there to so many events,” she said. “These are great people to work with and I enjoy every event.”
At the meeting, mayor Hans Schneider credited Bosela with giving him the idea to move Wellington’s police station to a plaza located at 147 and 149 East Herrick Ave.
Before that, many expected the new station to be in the former Elyria Savings and Trust building at 153 East Herrick Ave.
“At our bicentennial breakfast in March, your Volunteer of the Year came up to me and asked if we’d thought about this building,” Schneider said. “At that point, we had not. There was a quick discussion and we were able to get in there and take a look. It didn’t take long for myself, (village manager Steve Dupee), and police chief Tim Barfield to know that this was the place.”
The award winner has also sold tickets for Main Street’s historical home tours and was the lone volunteer to assist Arntz with December’s village church tours.
“I’m hoping that Teresa can incite some passion in others to give just as much, “ Arntz added.