BROCTON - Sheila Lawrence has announced that she is a candidate for the position for Brocton village trustee; the Democratic Party endorses her. She has been a resident of the village since 2005, residing on Old Mill Road.
Lawrence was born and raised in Ohio, outside of Youngstown. A graduate of Canfield High School, she was accepted to Kent State University under their early admissions program in what would have been her senior year. When she officially graduated from high school June 1971, she was already a sophomore in college. She then transferred to Youngstown State University and graduated in three years, received a B.S. in education magna cum laude, majoring in secondary education with a focus on mathematics. She was awarded a mathematics graduate assistantship, but because of family concerns, opted to take a teaching position at the age of 20. She went on to receive a masters degree in education also from Youngstown State University with a major in secondary administration.
Lawrence taught mathematics at the Western Reserve High School, Berlin Center, Ohio for 11 years. She started teaching in 1984 at the Fredonia High school, middle, high and alternative school mathematics until retiring in 1997. She is permanently certified to teach mathematics 7-12 in both Ohio and New York.
Lawrence raised four children: Mathew Ferreri, 33, a major in the Air Force; Mark Ferreri, 31, assistant manager of a Giant Eagle grocery store in Erie, Pa.; Scott Lawrence, 26, currently a senior at Pittsburg Theological Institute and student pastor at the Miller United Methodist Church; Rebecca Lawrence, 23, resides in Fredericksburg, Va. She is a manager trainee for Geico.
Lawrence is a member of the South Stockton Wayside Chapel in Sinclairville. She is active with their church missions group. She was a member of the Laona Methodist Church and while there taught Sunday school for children and adults, led a women's Bible study, helped with vacation Bible school, coordinated the Angel Tree project, was a certified lay speaker for the Cornerstone District of the United Methodist Church, and past president of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Christian Women's Club. She was an usher for the usher corps of the Rockefeller Arts Center SUNY Fredonia, volunteer for Compeer volunteer organization dedicated to promote mental well being of children and adults, guest columnist for the OBSERVER, a volunteer with Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton, project leader and co-advisor to Canadaway 4-H Club.
She was an advisor to S.A.D.D., helped create the John R. Symans Memorial Scholarship Award at Fredonia High School, was a volunteer at the Chautauqua County Humane Society both shelter and in outreach education in the schools, participated in Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, volunteered for Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, was an election inspector, went on a long mission trip to a Navajo Indian reservation with the Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church to work and teach vacation Bible school, certified volunteer instructor for AARP Driver Safety Classes, previous Lions Club member, sponsors four children through Children International, helped the Fredonia Teachers' Association with their Christmas Fund Drive in giving Christmas presents to families in the district, Kappa Delta Pi education honor society, member of HSUS, NYSUT, ASPCA, Arbor Day Foundation and World Wildlife Federation.
In her quest to be elected to the Brocton Village Board, Lawrence states, "I would work hard with the present village board and feel I could bring new ideas and would be involved in providing the best services for our residents and youth. I would like to give back something to a community that I am proud of and would look forward to help prepare the village for the future."
Lawrence would appreciate your support on Election Day, March 18. Brocton Village voters all vote at the Portland Town Hall between the hours of noon and 9 p.m.
Lawrence stated, "My favorite color is RED. When people think of Sheila, they should remember RED - Reliable, Educated, Dedicated."