As Co-President of Glen Rock SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle Torpey over the years. 

Not too long ago we were invited to prepare a presentation to kickoff “Light It Up Blue Glen Rock” in support of Autism Awareness at a past Board of Ed meeting.Based on the effort it was evident Michelle Torpey cares deeply about the topic, as a Pharmacist she is well-informed and proved to be a great champion for Autism Speaks and Awareness. As Co-Chair she worked tirelessly to further awareness, acceptance, understanding and inclusion of autism and other differing abilities within our town. 

Over the years Michelle has been an active force in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue Glen Rock” event that Christina Peck initiated. Never afraid to shy away from hard work she is the first one to volunteer to pick up supplies and take the time to distribute the blue bulbs and bows that you see throughout Glen Rock during the month of April. 

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Michelle goes the extra mile though. Previously she has met with both the Byrd School librarian and The Curious Reader Bookstore owner to come up with a list of several books that would help educate different school age children to generate awareness and acceptance of the differing abilities kids may have. Through her efforts, SEPAC leveraged this information to purchase and donate all the books to all four elementary schools in Glen Rock.

This year Michelle is working on a College or Vocational School Scholarship for a student who excels, shows great strength and tremendous effort with their abilities. All students should have the ability to walk on the stage to receive an award for their achievements. I am proud to support Michelle Torpey and her co-candidates Sanjiv Ohri and Eric Schlett. Please be sure to vote and show your support for such a strong service-minded team that will listen to residents first and act on their behalf. She is a tremendous asset to our town!