Esmeralda Martinez, the late Jack Gardner honored with Nantucket Civic Salute


The Investigator and the Mirror

(September 12, 2022) Esmeralda Martinez and the late Jack Gardner received the annual civic salute from the Civic League of Nantucket at its annual meeting on Monday.

“Our Civic Salute publicly recognizes extraordinary individuals whose activities have advanced the great goals of the Civic League and improved our entire Island community,” said Co-Chair Charles Stott as he presented the award to Martinez and members. of the Gardner family.

The award given to Martinez honors him as an example for all who call Nantucket their home, he said. In presenting the award, Stott quoted from it:

“A young woman of Salvadoran descent, you came to Nantucket as a teenager. After graduating from high school, you went to work in 2005 for the Steamship Authority. You also answered a call to help others members of the community as a language translator and confidant. You have lent a helping hand to others who would navigate the possibilities that a welcoming community can offer and the obstacles that one might encounter. This call has fostered a wider mission over the years. You have become a notary public and you are a justice of the peace performing marriages in Spanish,” he said.

Last year, Nantucket voters voted you – a mother of three and the translator for all – as their choice to serve on the Nantucket school board. They had good reason to believe in you. “I want to make sure all students take advantage of the Nantucket Promise. . . I want to be an advocate, a voice for our community,” you said.

Gardner’s award recognizes his iconic lifetime service to the people and city of Nantucket.

“We honor his years of service on the Select Board and his efforts on our behalf to usher in Nantucket’s first zoning bylaws in the 1970s, strengthen the Parks and Recreation Commission and Department, create the Planning and economic development in Nantucket, promoting land conservation with other Leader Islands, and securing funding for the network of bike paths we enjoy today,” Stott said.

“We honor his service on many other committees, advisory boards, and task forces, including the Contract Review Committee, the Nantucket Rotary Club, and his efforts to start the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club.”

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