2015 Vaughan Awards Presented to NH Seniors for Outstanding Volunteer Service

New Hampshire Seniors Honored for Their Volunteer Service

Joseph D. Vaughan Award Presented to Seniors Volunteering to Help Seniors

Concord, NH – At a ceremony held in the State House Executive Council

Chambers today, Governor Maggie Hassan was joined by New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, the

State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH in presenting the 2015

Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to seniors in recognition of their outstanding

volunteer efforts on behalf of fellow New Hampshire seniors.

"One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the 'all-hands-on-deck'

spirit of our people," Governor Hassan said. "We roll up our sleeves, pitch

in and work together to improve our communities. The Vaughan Award winners

exemplify that spirit, and on behalf of all Granite Staters, I thank the

recipients for their unyielding dedication to helping their neighbors and

for service to their community."

The Awards were initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D.

Vaughan, the state legislator instrumental in creating an agency dedicated

to the health and well-being of New Hampshire’s senior citizens. They

annually recognize an individual or couple age 60 and older from each

County for their extraordinary volunteer service.

“The generosity, hard work and caring spirit of these dedicated volunteers

help seniors remain independent through important steps in a life’s

journey,” said DHHS Commissioner Toumpas. “Volunteers are truly the

backbone of life in our State. Congratulations to these terrific seniors

who are most deserving of this prestigious recognition for their unwavering

commitment to service.”

This year's recipients are:

Belknap County: Peter Cassell of Laconia

Carroll County: Richard and Alice Vierus of Center


Cheshire County: Dr. Owen Houghton of Jaffrey

Coos County: Jacqueline Gagne of Berlin

Grafton County: Kate Kelly of Bethlehem

Hillsborough County: Ernest Gould, Sr. of Hillsborough

Merrimack County: Grace Anderson of Salisbury

Rockingham County: Charlene Mitchell of Newmarket

Strafford County: Lorraine Meyer of Farmington

Sullivan County: Kathleen Crevier of Marlow

(See attached WORD document for a brief summary of each recipient’s

volunteer service.)

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