The co-founders of the Sweetgrass Foundation, a private charitable institution dedicated to the enrichment of life in the North Country, will be awarded the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2007 Distinguished Citizen Award.
Catherine B. Newell and Allan P. Newell will be honored at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, outdoors on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields.
Catherine Barnett Newell represents the fifth generation of her family to make her home in St. Lawrence County. She is well known for her commitment to the area, as evidenced by her volunteerism and extraordinary personal efforts to make things happen throughout the North Country, not the least of which includes SUNY Canton’s very own Newell Veterinary Technology Center.
Catherine is a former elementary school teacher, and founding member of the environmental organization Save the River, North Country Citizens for Responsible Land Use, and the Hammond History and Folk Art Museum. She is also a former board member of the St. Lawrence Aquarium and Ecological Center, Ogdensburg Command Performances, and North Country Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, United Helpers Organization, North Country Center for Yoga and Health, Grasse River Heritage Development Corporation, and Canton Free Library.
In 1992, Catherine co-founded the Sweetgrass Foundation, a private charitable institution which provides financial support to local non-profit organizations, with an ultimate mission to improve the quality of life in our region. Since its inception, she has served as the Foundation’s Vice President and Secretary.
Allan P. Newell represents the fifth generation of his family to reside in St. Lawrence County. His philanthropic and altruistic spirit have benefited many worthwhile endeavors resulting in a better North Country.
Allan served in the U.S. Navy for four years and on the Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Board of Directors for the past 24 years. He has served on many boards in the North Country, including SUNY Potsdam College Foundation, Frederic Remington Art Museum, St. Lawrence County Historical Association, Save the River, Thousand Island Land Trust, and the North Country Savings Bank.
His current community commitments include being a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Lawrence University, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), The Antique Boat Museum, and The Remington Art Museum’s International Advisory Board.
As founder of the Sweetgrass Foundation, Allan has served as its President and Treasurer for the past fifteen years. To date, over 250 grants have been awarded to numerous regional organizations, including the private funding required to secure the matching state funds for the construction of SUNY Canton’s Newell Veterinary Technology Center. At the time, this gift was the largest in SUNY Canton’s history. Many North Country students also continue to benefit from the Allan P. and Catherine B. Newell Endowed Scholarship established by them with a personal gift in 2003 at SUNY Canton.