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264th Annual Banquet

Annual Celebration

the 264th annual celebration

The Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York announces its 264th Annual Celebration of Saint Andrew's Day on Friday, November 20th. The Society will honor Global Scot, Helen E.R. Sayles CBE with the Mark Twain “Sammy” Award, created to honor those who have had a positive impact on the Scots community around the globe. 

Prior to her retirement in 2012, Ms. Sayles was senior vice president and manager of human resources and administration for Liberty Mutual Group. She began her career with Liberty Mutual in the information systems area, and her career encompassed a broad range of functions and responsibilities.  

An active member of the community, Ms. Sayles has served as a past board member of Cambridge Family and Children’s Services and co-chaired their first Capital campaign to fund a permanent home in Cambridge for the agency. She also was a board member for Center House, now a part of Bay Cove Human Services, where she served as chair of their Executive Advisory Board. In addition, Ms. Sayles served as a board member for In Roads of New England and as a director of The Initiative for a New Economy.

In 1995, Helen was presented with the Leadership Award to Women in Business by The New England Council. Having served in leadership positions to raise funds for women and girls through the United Way, she was asked to be a co-chair for the United Way Today’s Girls Tomorrow’s Leaders Women’s Breakfast in 2005. In 2010, Helen was honorary co-chair of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council Awards Gala. That year, she was also honored by Cambridge Family and Children’s Services with the Avon Children’s Friend Award. In 2011, Helen was presented with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Leading Women Award. In 2013, Ms. Sayles was asked to preside as Honorary Clan Chieftain for the 38th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, the largest and most diverse Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast. A member of Scotland’s national economic development agency’s International Advisory Board from 2002 to 2009, Ms. Sayles is also a Global Scot and was inducted into the Global Scot Hall of Fame in Glasgow in 2011. In 2014, Helen was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

She served as Chairman of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA from 2014 to 2018; and is currently President of The Saltire Foundation, USA; and Director of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Ms. Sayles lives in Concord, Massachusetts, and was educated in Scotland, receiving her B.S. in Business from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.


SAVE THE DATE!  November 20, 2020 for our 264th Annual Celebration of St Andrew's Day. Featuring the Mark Twain Award and Online Silent & Live Auctions.


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