Volunteer Guide: Ceremony on Oct. 18 will honor many who give of themselves


September 22. 2012 10:07PM






Among the nominees who will be recognized with Volunteer Service Awards Oct. 18 at the Spririt of New Hampshire Awards sponsored by Volunteer NH are:

-- Gisela Darling of Andover Elementary Middle School, who has run S.H.A.R.E. (See How Arts Reach Everyone) Day at the school for more than 20 years.

-- Tianna Evans, 11, of Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, who is involved in all areas of animal care and farm chores related to the animals at the nonprofit farm.

-- Beth Fontaine, of Alton, who has been part of the Senior Companion Program for more than seven years. As part of her service she makes home visits to homebound elders in the Alton, Gilford, Gilmanton and Barnstead areas.

-- Todd Hammond, of Merrimack, who is an adviser with the Merrimack County 4-H Junior Leaders, helps young people ages 13-18 to build skills in leadership, citizenship, public speaking and management skills.

-- Gladi Hartford, who volunteers with the Cold Weather Shelter South Church Concord, serves as a shelter manager and overnight volunteer.

-- Kirk Leoni, of Concord, is the president of Nathan Wechsler & Co. and has worked to foster a culture of volunteerism within the firm over the past several years.

-- Graham Nadig, who has been a volunteer with the Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity for several years, spends nearly every Saturday helping to build a project for the group.

-- Rick Potter, who volunteers with the Greater Nashua Medical Reserve Corps, took the initiative to create a Pharmaceutical Response Team within the MRC.

-- Bethany Pratt, is an avid volunteer in her community and particularly at Conant High School where as a senior she dedicated the year to bettering the school climate.

-- Catherine Schoenenberger, is a volunteer with N.H. Construction Career Days which she initiated. To fund the second year, which was 2011, she applied for and received a grant.

-- Susan Sturrock, has been a Senior Companion in the Nashua area for more than eight years.

-- Laurie Tomaszewski, is a volunteer with Lil Iguanas Children's Safety Foundation, a nonprofit that creates and uses prevention programs to save children from abduction, sexual abuse, child predators, and serious accidental injuries with music-based programs.

-- Heather Wilson, through the AmeriCorps VISTA program is a full-time volunteer with the abi Innovation. In her position, she works supports small businesses and startups.

-- Ron Beehler , is a volunteer with the Animal Rescue League of N.H. in Bedford, and the only one in the past few years to take the initiative to oversee all of the facility and maintenance needs of the ARL.

-- Sister Denise Bourgeois, is a volunteer with the Senior Companion Program in Manchester, who visits homebound seniors in the Manchester area.

-- Cheryl Correllus, is a volunteer with Friends of Forgotten Children. When the nonprofit was having organizational difficulties, Correllus volunteered her time to help get its back on the right track and took on the position of operations manager.

-- Lisa Cote, is primarily a volunteer with the Candia Community Woman's Club and has used the organization to get more involved in the community and to encourage others to do the same.

-- Melissa Day, volunteers with N.H. Catholic Charities as a VISTA Member. As part of her duties, she was responsible for researching and organizing a volunteer program for all of Catholic Charities.

-- Mary Ellen Goode, is a volunteer with New England Disabled Sports at Loon Mountain in Lincoln and helps people with physical or cognitive disabilities break boundaries in sports.

-- Joe Hingst, is a volunteer tutor with Learn To Read in Manchester, a nonprofit that provides free, one-on-one tutoring to adults in the area struggling with low reading skills.

-- Jean Jelley, has been a senior companion to those in Penacook, Suncook, Epsom and Allenstown for nearly five years. As a volunteer, she visits homebound seniors and helps them with tasks of daily living that keep them able to live in their own homes.

-- Tonya Knightly, has been a volunteer for the Northeast Passage Adaptive Water Ski Program for more than five years. She volunteers every Tuesday evening in the summer helping people with disabilities to water ski at sites in Barrington and Merrimac, Mass.

-- Preston Lawrance, is a volunteer chaplain assistant with the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Manchester. As part of his service, he visits soldiers. As a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lawrance has visited with a young man for the past eight years. With the Civil Air Patrol, Lawrance, is a captain and prepares young cadets for adulthood.

-- Pony Rice is the volunteer coordinator with the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, overseeing 40 volunteers.

-- Christopher Stocken, at just 14, designed, planned, secured material and monetary donations, led, and built two 30- by 10-foot baseball dugouts for the community of Hanover.

-- Barbara Trow, is a volunteer classroom aide at the Dover Adult Learning Center. Three mornings per week, she helps out in the English as a Second Language classroom.

-- Sandra Boyle, is a senior companion, providing comfort and support to homebound seniors in the greater Nashua area.

-- Donna Brennan is a volunteer with AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program at Colby Sawyer College. As part of her service, Brennan has managed and overseen the only statewide multi-year Clothesline Project in the state.

-- Tim Dolan, is a volunteer with Nashua Regional Solid Waste Management District Household Hazardous Waste Collections. Each year, the Solid Waste Management District runs six household hazardous waste collection events. The District depends on volunteers including Dolan to help run these collections.

-- Kristopher Haken, is a volunteer at the Sonshine Soup Kitchen and has helped in the office with a variety of tasks, set up the dining room, food prep, serving the food, picking up after meals, cleaning up when guests have left and bringing what is left back to the office.

-- Sam Jamke, is a volunteer with the Animal Rescue League of N.H. She is a cat cage cleaner, working with the more difficult animals. She also is in charge of the bulk shopping runs, the recycling, is a member of the volunteer advisory board and trains new volunteers.

-- Kathy Mandsager, is a volunteer with Canine Companions in Rockingham and the surrounding counties. To date, Kathy has raised 12 puppies for Canine Companions.

-- Jaron Newton, is the Americorp VISTA for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Newton's main focus is helping grow FIRST robotics teams in underserved populations throughout New Hampshire.

-- David Newton, is a volunteer senior companion, helping several seniors in the greater Concord area. As part of his service he visits with them as well as drives them to appointments and errands.

-- Andrew Phelps, is the Cemetery Sexton for the Town of Danbury, but gives much of his time to keeping all of the town's cemeteries and monuments looking beautiful.

-- Brenda Renner, is a volunteer with American Red Cross N.H. Region Services to the Armed Forces. With virtually no training in SAF activities, Renner volunteered to become a caseworker and learned the job quickly.

-- Sonny Sargent, is a volunteer with Volunteer NH. In Sargent's three years of experience, he has assited the office in its use of all technology. An expert coder, Sargent's previous work for bank databases has been used to update and maintain Volunteer NH's website.

-- Linda Tunnicliffe, is a volunteer for Got Lunch! Laconia, and is the major fund-raiser for the program, which is a healthy summer lunch program that feeds needy children when school is out for the summer. She also helps distribute the lunches.

-- Kimberlyn Turner, 13, is a volunteer with Live and Let Live Farm Rescue Inc. and as part of her service, Turner is the lead feeder at the farm and has been since she was 11.

-- Debbie Bohannon, is a volunteer at MooreMart, a nonprofit providing care packages for U.S. service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as children living in those areas.

-- Raye Ellen Douville, is a volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. She began her volunteer as a patient greeter in the Manchester health center in 2011. As the first point of contact for patients, Douville is vital in creating a safe and welcoming environment for the women and men visiting our health center.

-- Barbara Johnson, is a volunteer at Memorial School Newton in the Sanborn School District. For 19 years Johnson has been an active, participating member within each school her grandchildren have attended in the district.

-- Sharon Keenan is a volunteer at Wonderland Thrift Store in Exeter. She helps in all areas of the store, from its operation to volunteer coordination to administration and marketing.

-- Holly Lakey, is a volunteer at Littleton Regional Hospital who oversees eight licensed Reiki, massage and aromatherapy practi tioners who come to the hospital two days per week and offer their services free of charge to patients.

-- Rich Lammert volunteers with COVER Home Repair, which provides urgently needed home repair and weatherization within a 45-minute range of White River Junction, Vt., servicing homes in towns in both New Hampshire and Vermont.

-- Nancy Parker is a retired registered nurse and joined the Greater Exeter Citizen Corps in January of 2011. She is a new facilitator for the CERT class and recently coordinated her first class that was held at Exeter Hospital with 22 participants.

-- Michael Persson of Lakes Region United Way serves as president of the Economic Development Council and a founding member of Lakes Region Listens, a public deliberative process addressing community impact issues.

-- Jessica Robinson volunteers for Victims Inc. as a trauma intervention volunteer for Victims, Inc., helping families and victims in Strafford and Rockingham counties.

-- Sister Monique Saint Cyr, who as a senior companion reaches out to frail seniors in the greater Nashua area who are in need of companionship and support.

-- Dan Schneider of COVER Home Repair who has volunteered on many home repair and weatherization projects over the years.

-- Nancy Tewksbury who has served as a volunteer at the Capitol Center for the Arts since 2007, as an usher, a house manager, and an office assistant. As a floor captain, she is responsible for ensuring that all ushers are responsible for their duties, and that patrons are seated on time and with courtesy.

-- Kathi Turner of The Carriage Barn Therapy Programs volunteers after her workdays two days a week at the therapy program. She helps with shows, grooming, and lessons for young children.

-- Patricia Buttle of the Senior Companion Program works with a number of homebound Concord area seniors who need help in order to remain independent.

-- Beverly Goring has been a volunteer at New London Hospital since 2005. Her career was in merchandising, and she has put that expertise to good use in the hospital gift shop.

-- Cabrinni Kulish Tobin volunteers for NAMI NH (National Alliance on Mental Illness- NH) as an “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV) speaker and trainer.

-- Betty Baltezos of Matthew Thornton School, Londonderry, retired from her full-time position on her 80th birthday. She is a bundle of energy and comes to school each day ready to help in any way that she can.

-- Anthony Marques is a senior companion serving the Bristol area and traveling throughout surrounding towns to help seniors remain independent and safe in their own homes.

-- Stephanie McLaughlin was a founder of the Manchester Young Professional's Network and helped launch a valuable business resource in Manchester and the state for young professionals.

-- Tom O'Neil is an American Red Cross N.H. Region Disaster Services Volunteer Chair, and his presence is felt in every corner of the organization.

-- Ruth Quinn for over 11 years has been a senior companion, reaching out to her more frail contemporaries in the greater Nashua community.

-- Elizabeth Richter volunteers for Child Health Services in Manchester, nonprofit, pediatric health clinic providing comprehensive medical, nutrition, and social services to at-risk children.

-- John Rushmore, a former salesman who authored a book on “7 Secrets of Selling” in the 80's, comes to Connecticut Valley Home Care/Adult Medical Day Program one hour per week and plays the harmonica.

-- Richard Skarinka has served the Friendly Kitchen for a very long time. He is a regular server. When he can't be there, he enlists other volunteers.

-- Patricia Stagno has been a member of National Association of Women in Construction since 2008, and Granite State Chapter No. 218 board member since 2009.

-- Mable VanPatten is a foster grandparent volunteer under Corporation for National and Community Service at Hampstead Central School for 10 years in a first-grade classroom.

-- Irene Arsenault visits homebound seniors in the Nashua are who are struggling to remain independent.

-- David Barth has taken over the Food Procurement division of the Got Lunch! Laconia program. He coordinates with the NHFB to procure food, established relationships with local grocers.

-- Don Briand, best known as being the news director for 97.5 WOKQ, has been an invaluable volunteer for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce for 20-plus years.

-- Michael Broderick of the Concord-Epsom Elks 1210: When there is a task to be done at the Lodge, Michael does it without hesitation.

-- Karl Bye, at 82, has been a senior companion for a little over three years. Karl is the ideal volunteer who stands out for his non-stop energy — nothing slows him down.

-- Jan Chapman has been volunteering at OutFITters Thrift Store, 394 Second St., Manchester, for just over three years. She plays an instrumental role, helping sort through donations.

-- Donna Ciocca is the current president of the Granite State Reading Council which annually sponsors “N.H. Literacy Day.”

-- Marlene Hammond is the president of the Merrimack County 4-H Advisory Board and adviser to the Merrimack 4-H Junior Leader's club, an active participant to the Chichester Melville 4-H Club, an adviser to the 4-H Healthy Living video project, a volunteer judge to various 4-H acivities to include the Hopkinton State Fair.

-- Robert Lucas moved to Franklin about two years ago. Over the past year he has jumped into the community full swing. He volunteers as a member of the school board, serving families of SAU 18 in the Hill/Franklin area.

-- John Porter has volunteered for the American Red Cross, New Hampshire Chapter, over the past four years participating on the Philanthropy Committee raising money throughout the state of N.H.

-- Jamie Weston volunteers her time fundraising for the Henniker Youth Athletic program. Jamie organizes the snack shack, plans picture day, hours of time between each game or practice to make sure everyone has what they need.

-- Lisa White works as the food service person 15 hours per week at Jackson Grammar School where her two children attend. She volunteers one or two hours per week in the library to assist in shelving and checking out books. When her sons expressed an interest in Destination Imagination, she volunteered to lead a team when we were unable to find a leader. Sshe attends PTO meetings and volunteers to arrange the child care and pizza for our monthly PTO meetings and facilitates their fund raising events.

-- Frank White has contributed over 4,700 hours as a volunteer at Portsmouth Hospital over the last 11 years. He wakes up early in the morning and shows up to volunteer when the hospital opens at 5:30 a.m. He greets patients and escorts them to their destination, which is usually surgery. Sometimes, patients are uneasy or anxious about a procedure, and Frank is a calming, helpful presence, providing comfort and a listening ear.

-- Nicole Poole has revitalized the East Derry Memorial Elementary School's PTA. Thanks to her leadership, the PTA has initiated a number of new activities that have boosted morale among students, staff and community. She has prompted the PTA to sponsor “Hero Art” and “Karate Demonstrations” with their anti-bullying messages. She has helped our PTA to sponsor “Movie Nights” (which give parents a night out while volunteers entertain the kids at school and promoted family values by having a “Parent/ Child Sweetheart Dance.”

-- Robert and Mary Jane Bailey are passionate volunteers serving at the St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry at St. John the Evangelist Church in Concord. They spend a portion of five days a week procuring, collecting, sorting, and stocking food in the pantry. On assigned evenings, they meet with clients to identify any special needs, discuss any health, cultural and domestic concerns, and provide them with balanced meals based on their needs and the supplies at hand.

-- Matt and Michelle Nestor are volunteer coaches for New England Disabled Sports, located at Loon Mountain in Lincoln. However, in addition to teaching countless cognitively and/or physically disabled skiers on the hill, this husband and wife team have been instrumental leaders in coordinating the fundraising efforts of 200 volunteers for the Ski and Ride Challenge, an annual event that raised over 100,000 this year alone.

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Also to be recognized with Volunteer Service Awards are the following groups and organizations: American Red Cross NH Region Volunteer Management Team, Chichester Cub Scouts Pack 85, Ladies of the Lake Quilters Guild, North Country Transit, American Red Cross-NH Region Youth Boards, AmeriCorps Alums NH Chapter, Beautify Londonderry,

Families in Transition Birthday Party Volunteers, The Rockwells - Sonshine Food Pantry, Woody Roberts Band, American Red Cross-NH Region Transportation Department, Community Action Volunteer Driver Program, AARP Fraud Fighters, and Student Conservation Corps Manchester.

Groups that will recognized with Volunteer Champions Awards are Animal Rescue League of NH, Aspiring Hands, Capitol Center for the Arts, Nathan Wechsler & Company, StoreyManseau LLC, The Friends Program, Merrimack Valley SCORE, Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, Hypertherm, N.H. Granite State Ambassadors, Pennichuck Middle School Food Pantry, The Waysmeet Center, The Heinemann Company, Alice Peck Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, New American African, New England Disabled Sports, Somersworth Youth Safe Haven, and Bernier Insurance Agency.
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