O'Sullivan Award - Trish Pearson
The ODTC established this annual award to commemorate the O’Sullivan family’s legacy of public service. It's given in recognition of an Orange resident who demonstrates outstanding community service through their involvement in local, state, and/or national government.
Trish Pearson began her community involvement in her role as a mom. Her first cause was improving the toddler playgroup room at High Plains Community Center, followed by stints as president of the Orange Community Nursery School and Mary L. Tracy PTA. Then it was on to Little League where she and her husband, Glenn, managed the snack bar. Her philosophy is if you want to create change, you better be willing to help.
Trish’s community participation broadened when she became part of the Sousa administration and then grew under the Goldblatt administration. She was the first woman appointed to the Orange Police Commission and went on to be elected Chairman.
She chaired the 375th Jubilee Committee which grew into the creation of the Special Events Committee. Together with a dedicated team, they produced the Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, Flag Day and Veterans’ Day events, the Summer Concert series, and 4th of July Fireworks. She was subsequently elected to the Board of Selectmen where she served five terms.
Trish’s other public service passion is the Rotary club. She has been a member of the Orange Rotary for many years and has served on multiple committees. She served as District Governor in 2017-18.
After joining the Orange Democratic Town Committee, Trish served in many roles including as Chair. She currently is a member of the Democratic State Central Committee representing Orange, Milford and West Haven. Professionally, Trish is the principal at Trish Pearson Insurance Services, LLC specializing in health, life, disability, and senior insurance plans.