People of the Year—Meghan Simmons & Brigitte Peters

Havre de Grace Patch recognizes the People of the Year over the final two weeks of 2011.


Patch recognizes people or groups with a People of the Year award for their contributions to Havre de Grace in 2011. Nominees were submitted by Patch readers via , email or on Facebook.


In short, these two women are integral in helping small businesses thrive in Havre de Grace. 

"The way that they work with the entire community, and with Main Street, especially. All these little things that they do, they're wonderful," City Councilwoman Barbara Wagner said.

Simmons has been called a "dynamo" and "firecracker" on repeated occasions by elected officials and business leaders for her passion and ability to find and secure grant money for the city and its business community.

An anonymous Patch reader who nominated Simmons for the People of the Year award said, "The town is prospering. Slowly, perhaps, but nevertheless growing remarkably, even in these very sluggish times. Not too many empty storefronts and new businesses moving in. ... she does not get the credit she deserves."

Simmons' success became a campaign point in the spring, when then City Councilman and said he'd promote Simmons to a director position.

"Nobody has a more positive effect for our city outside of Havre de Grace than (Simmons)," during the lead-up to the election.

Peters is responsible for promoting the city and oversees a number of events in town.

All three major Baltimore news outlets visited Havre de Grace in the past 12 months to promote various events in the city, and the city's historic downtown district was .

Peters also continues well beyond her own work hours to make sure the city's events go off without a hitch. Recently, she has been working closely with volunteers in organizing the behind-the-scenes efforts for next year's .

Both Peters and Simmons submitted nominations for other community leaders, suggesting their efforts fell within their job descriptions. However, both were recognized repeatedly throughout the last 12 months for their service to the citizens and businesses in Havre de Grace—and for going above and beyond the required duties of their positions with the city.

Do you know Meghan & Brigitte, or have a story to share about their impact on Havre de Grace? Share it in the comments. Click below to add an image or video.

Pamela Wexler December 22, 2011 at 02:10 PM
This is well deserved recognition. Meghan and Brigitte work tirelessly on behalf of our city. They are truly outstanding role models for teamwork benefitting all of Havre de Grace. Congratulations ladies!
Tom Fitzpatrick December 22, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Barbara's quote from the Patch article summed it up perfectly! Dedication, enthusiasm and POSITIVE energy! That' what Brigitte and Meghan are all about!!!!!!! And it shows all over our town!
David Glenn December 25, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Small business in Havre de Grace continues to grow in large part to your efforts. The fact that you never hesitate to sacrifice personal time and work long hours to ensure this community continues to be one of Maryland's best kept secrets is noteworthy. You always continue to do the "right things for the right reasons" which has built the framework for this well deserved honor. Congratulations.
Chip Paradis December 30, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Ditto to all of the above and then some. Great spirit and enthusiasm for our town and its residents and businesses. True ambassadors for havre de grace.
Theresa Ray February 04, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I Theresa Ray, Owner of Sweet Devotion Cupakes, can not say enough about these two women. Both Meghan and Brigitte played intricate roles in the opening of my business. Meghan was there every step of the way helping to make us a become a part of the HDG community and she continues to be a huge advocate for our business, If it wasn't for Brigitte continuesly looking for opportunities for locations for our business I may have never fell upon our current location. These are two extraordinary women and HDG is very lucky to have them.


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