Senior volunteers receive Vaughan Awards for service
CONCORD - Eleven senior volunteers are being honored with Vaughan Awards for their service on behalf of senior citizens.
The winners were recognized Monday by Gov. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas and the State Committee on Aging and EngAGING NH.
The awards are presented annually to a couple or individual from each county who are 60 or older and demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on behalf of senior citizens across the state.
"New Hampshire citizens have a long tradition of coming together and working with one another to improve our communities," said Gov. Hassan. "The Vaughan Award winners are a shining example of that tradition, proving that when we care for each other, we all get stronger. On behalf of the people of New Hampshire, I thank this year's winners for their service and dedication to making the Granite State a great place to live and work."
"We are very fortunate here in New Hampshire to have so many seniors who make volunteering a part of their lives," said DHHS Commissioner Toumpas.
This year's recipients are Jane Alden of Tilton (Belknap County); Don Litchko of Conway (Carroll County); Theresa Johnson and Ernie Perham of Westmoreland (Cheshire County); Robert Loven of Dummer (Coos County); Jodi Austin of Lebanon (Grafton County); Joyce Wilson of Manchester (Hillsborough County); Irene Jewett of East Andover ( Merrimack County); Barbara Coish of Windham (Rockingham County); John Robicheau of Farmington (Strafford County); and Larry Eaton of Sunapee (Sullivan County).
The winners will be honored in a ceremony on May 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Executive Council Chamber at the State House.
The Vaughan Awards were started in 1962 to memorialize the Hon. Joseph D. Vaughan, who was instrumental in creating a state agency dedicated to the well-being of senior citizens.