2020 Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee
Brenda Pauze Guiel, 2020 President
James “Jim” Kelly, 2020 Parade Marshal
When James “Jim” Kelly was notified by Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee President Brenda Pauze Guiel that he had been selected as the city’s Parade Marshal for the 2020 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade, his enthusiasm was unmistakable. “As a kid, I grew up in the Elmwood Section of Holyoke. This is where the St. Patrick’s Day parade begins, so for me, there is a certain emotional tie to the parade. In my neighborhood, you would live it and breathe it – every year. In fact, I met my wife 24 years ago during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. So, everything surrounding the parade—has a special place in my heart!”
President Guiel referenced Jim’s role as a community leader as a major factor in his selection. As President and CEO of Polish National Credit Union (PNCU), he spends most of his days out in the community. Over the course of the year, he along with PNCU employees have personally visited businesses of all sizes across Western Massachusetts, offering a handshake and lending an ear to their concerns, while delivering local produce such as tomatoes, blueberries and corn in the summertime; chocolates and candy during Halloween; and bread and apple cider donuts from local bakeries in the Fall. Jim is known by many for his big smile and friendly “drop-ins.” He has continuously advocated for the development and growth of the communities in which he serves.
Kelly has also actively participated on many Boards, countless community events and encouraged employee participation totaling over 1,500 volunteer hours. Under his leadership, PNCU has hosted many educational workshops including Elder Financial Abuse workshops, Paralegal Breakfasts, Cybersecurity trainings, HR Director Updates and high school financial l