Concord, NH - At a ceremony this afternoon at the Statehouse, Governor John Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas joined DHHS staff and the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) to present the 2008 Vaughan Awards. This is an annual award given to an individual or couple who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on behalf of New Hampshire senior citizens, 11 seniors received the award this year.
"We have a strong spirit of volunteerism here in New Hampshire, which contributes to the high quality of life we all enjoy in our state. Our older citizens here in New Hampshire understand the importance of volunteerism and their outstanding efforts make a positive impact on lives and communities across our state," said Governor Lynch. "I am proud to help recognize the efforts of the Vaughn Award recipients and all of our older adult volunteers."
The many valuable services provided by The Vaughan Award winners include delivering meals to the homebound, volunteering at hospitals, adult day programs and home health agencies, visiting residents of nursing facilities, working with medication assistance programs, providing transportation, and helping to organize or enhance community resources.
"Each of the Vaughan Award winners demonstrates the power that one dedicated individual has to transform the lives of others. The great work done by these volunteers has strengthened the network of programs and services available for New Hampshire seniors," said Commissioner Toumpas.
"These award recipients provide vital support in our local communities," stated SCOA Vice Chair Judy Pilliod. "It's very difficult for SCOA to select winners for the Vaughan Awards as all senior volunteers are winners, we're proud to be a part of helping to recognize their dedication and hard work." The Vaughan Awards were initiated in 1962 in memory of Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator and an advocate on behalf of the elderly. Vaughan was instrumental in creating a state agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.
This year's Vaughan Award recipients are:
Fran Donahue - Alton Bay
Carol and Ed Westervelt - North Conway
George Parker - Keene
Joyce Donadio - Bethlehem
Richard 'Dick' Jaeger - Orange
Nancy Wilbur - Nashua
Kathryn 'Kay' Butler - Wilmot
Gerri Beck - Salem
Sylvia Dowst - Strafford
Bette Stockwell - Plainfield