Shavel’le Olivier

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“The mission of MFFC is awesome. We’re trying to increase the use of green and open spaces that exist in Mattapan by developing gardens, parks, and trails. We want our residents to utilize those spaces for physical activities, to have a relaxed mind, or time with the family. We’re decreasing obesity and diabetes and increasing the health of Mattapan residents, increasing physical activities, and bringing the communities together. It gives me a good feeling knowing I’m giving back to my community.”

Shavel’le Olivier is a dedicated member of the Mattapan community.  She is co-chair and youth director at Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition where families are encouraged to lead healthy lifestyles.

Shavel’le promotes family and fitness through Mattapan On Wheels, and advocated for the Neponset River Greenway Trail to include Mattapan so the community could have access to safe bike trails and transit equity. Her advocacy recently opened the way for the Blue Bikes program to include Mattapan.

Shavel’le is a graduate student of Northeastern University and volunteers to work with the youth.


Special honoree and community hero portraits by

Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios