LEOMINSTER, Mass., May 1, 2016 — Edward F. Manzi Jr., chairman and CEO of Fidelity Bank, has been elected a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI Massachusetts, with 18 local affiliates and over 2,500 members, is comprised of individuals with mental illness, their family members and others in the mental health community.
“Fighting to ensure that mental illness is recognized as a mainstream health issue has been a crusade of mine for more than a decade,” Manzi said. “NAMI is the national leader in this effort.”
He joins NAMI’s CEOs Against Stigma team. Team members “have taken the pledge to work tirelessly toward a stigma-free work environment,” NAMI Massachusetts says. “By signing on to be a CEO Against Stigma, they are setting an example and becoming a leader in their industry, community, and across the Commonwealth.”
Manzi has a long involvement with the issue. In 2004, he spearheaded the creation of the SHINE Initiative, which focuses on recognizing mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue. The Leominster-based nonprofit engages adolescents, young adults, families, and teachers. During just the past two years it has reached more 5,000 young people in schools, colleges and universities throughout Central Massachusetts.
The bank has raised more than $1 million—including its own substantial contributions—for the SHINE Initiative.
More information about NAMI Massachusetts is online at http://ceos.namimass.org/ceos. The SHINE Initiative’s site is www.shineinitiative.org.
About Fidelity Bank
Fidelity Bank – one of the oldest and continually growing independent, local community banks in Central Massachusetts – offers a full range of banking, investment, and insurance solutions across 10 full-service offices in Leominster (2), Worcester, Fitchburg, Gardner, Shirley, Barre, Millbury, Paxton, and Princeton.
Fidelity Bank believes that everyone – their clients, employees, and community members – deserve the opportunity to grow, improve, and realize their hopes and dreams. They do this through LifeDesign, their unique way of doing business and the promise they make to be caring, trusted friends and help their clients, employees, and community members get where they want to be.
Since 1888, the bank has continued this commitment to the businesses, families, and individuals in the communities it serves; in turn, loyalty demonstrated by members of these cities and towns has allowed the bank to become one of the strongest financial institutions in the region. As of April 30, 2016, Fidelity Bank has total assets of $775 million. The FDIC and the Share Insurance Fund insure 100% of all deposits. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. Member SIF.