The 48th recipient of the Daniel J. Gallivan Award is long-time Parade Committee member Joseph Morrison.

A resident of East Longmeadow, Joe was born in Holyoke and is a graduate of Holyoke High School and the University of Massachusetts, where he received a B.A. in English and a Master’s degree in Education. He also received a Master’s degree in Special Education from Westfield State College. Joe has been a Special Education teacher for 23 years. While primarily a Middle and High School teacher, he has taught at all levels from 2nd grade through college. Joe is currently a teacher at the Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley.

Joe has been a member of the Holyoke Parade Committee since 1998. During this time, he has been a co-chair of several sub-committees including the Citizenship Dinner, the Golf Tournament, the Parade Raffle, and the “Love-In” (the Colleen Gathering). He has also been a member of numerous other committees, including the Music Committee, which he has been an active member of for the past five years. Currently, Joe is the Financial Secretary of the Parade Committee and is also in charge of assigning workers on Parade Day.

Joe and his wife Jennifer, also a member of the Parade Committee, reside with their daughter Kelsea in East Longmeadow. They have two sons: Daniel, who is a senior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, majoring in English, and Patrick, who is a freshman at Union College, in Schenectady, NY, majoring in Economics and History.

Joe feels honored to win this prestigious award and is looking forward to marching in the Parade on March 17.

The Daniel J. Gallivan Award recipient shall be a long-standing member of this Association who, while not a resident of the City of Holyoke, has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Parade and/or our Association. (Daniel Gallivan was from South Hadley and was a longtime member of the St Patrick’s Committee.)

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