The Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday, March 28 recognized 18 extraordinary women from each legislative district for their volunteerism and leadership, including Karen Lambert, who was selected as the third legislative district’s recipient of the Woman of Distinction honor.
This is the second annual Woman of Distinction award, sponsored by the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission. The award was created to highlight the many contributions women make to their communities.
Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), who nominated Mrs. Lambert as a resident of her district stated, “We appreciate all of these amazing women for the work they do, the leadership they have shown and their extraordinary service to all of their communities. I am personally honored to recognize Karen Lambert as the recipient in my district. She is a strong role model for women throughout Suffolk County and has given so much to her community.”
Karen Lambert has been a resident of Shirley for thirty years. Shortly after moving to Shirley she and her husband Robert joined Shirley Community Ambulance. Over the years, she has served on both the Board of Directors and Membership Committee. She also chaired the Student Youth program for several years, in addition to being an EMT/CPR Instructor. Karen is always willing to assist and mentor new members to learn and master the various skills obtained as an EMT.
Karen has spent thirty-five years in the banking field, where she was an Assistant Branch Manager for a popular bank within the community for over ten years. For a time, she also held a position as an Assistant Vice President, and is currently an Operation Specialist for Bridgehampton National Bank.
Karen is also a breast cancer survivor. Throughout her fight while undergoing surgery and treatment she continued with her responsibilities as a volunteer with the Shirley Ambulance Company. She has worked to help the Long Island 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk every year since its inception thirteen years ago. Everyday Karen serves as a source of encouragement for people dealing with breast cancer, whether it’s lending an ear to listen or just letting them know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.