NH DHHS - NH Seniors Recognized for Volunteer Service

New Hampshire Seniors Recognized for Volunteer Service

Concord, NH – Health and Human Services Commissioner (DHHS) Nicholas

Toumpas and Governor John Lynch joined together with the State Committee on

Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH for a ceremony this week recognizing this

year’s Vaughan Award recipients. The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards are

presented annually to a couple or individual from each county who are 60 or

older and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on

behalf of senior citizens across New Hampshire.

"We have a strong spirit of volunteerism here in New Hampshire,” said

Governor John Lynch, “and the people honored with the Vaughan Awards

symbolize that spirit. The efforts of these honorees provide vital

support, encouragement and friendship to our aging residents, which help to

foster New Hampshire’s high quality of life.”

The Joseph D. Vaughan Award was initiated in 1962 to memorialize the

Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator. Vaughan was an

early advocate for older residents of the state and was instrumental in

creating a State agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.

“It is so important to recognize and thank all of our senior volunteers,”

said Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

“These awards salute those who selflessly give of themselves in a caring

manner, thereby contributing to the well being of those around them.”

This year’s Vaughan Award recipients are:

Belknap County – Thomas Gallant

Carroll County – Bob Therrien and Carolyn Brown

Cheshire County – Ken Dale

Coos County – Jeannette and Ernest Nadeau

Grafton County – Daniel Fleetham

Hillsborough County – Dan Hockaday

Merrimack County – Ruth Strickhart

Rockingham County – Ann Kelley

Strafford County – Stan Szabunka

Sullivan County – Eugene Desjatdins

For more information about this year’s Vaughan Award recipients contact

award coordinator Roger Vachon at Skeeter4us@aol.com