In 2013 the Timothy Smith Network's Board of Directors established the TSN Visionary to recognize those whose contributions shaped the future of the Timothy Smith Network and enabled the TSN to continue to create possibilities, inspire action and change lives through the power of technology.
|Left to right in the picture: Kevin Hepner (USES). Bill Oates (CIO, City of Boston), Susan O’Connor (TSN), Curtis Henderson (BNN).|
Timothy Smith’s will specified that his bequest to the City of Boston was to be used to “benefit the greatest number of citizens of what has been the city of Roxbury.” Consistent with that condition and with the input from community organizations, Mayor Menino established the “Timothy Smith Fund for Greater Roxbury” in 1996 with the specific purpose of providing renewable and sustainable funding to up to 40 non-profits located in Greater Roxbury through 2019. That’s 23 years of sustained funding—an idea well ahead of its time.
The support from Mayor Menino, both personally and from his administration has not wavered. TS Centers have received over $5 million from the Timothy Smith Fund for equipment as well as curriculum materials and program supplies. In 2010 when the City had an opportunity to apply for ARRA funding from the Department of Commerce, the TSN with its Online Presence for Employment and Online Learning Readiness programs was selected to be the non-profit partner addressing the needs of unemployed and underemployed residents of Roxbury and Boston. Mayor Menino has come to all but one of the OLLR graduations handing certificates of completion to successful participants and offering words of encouragement and support and reinforcing the importance of education and technology competencies for everyone no matter one’s age.
The Timothy Smith Network 2013 Visionary Award is presented to Mayor Thomas M. Menino in recognition of his foresight and leadership in the creation of the TSN and its member Centers.