The Lakes Region Chamber is proud to announce our
2020 Community HEROES
recognizing individuals in our community that demonstrate passion, commitment, leadership and are the role models that better our communities!
TED FODERO, Meredith Insurance Agency - J BART CONNERS AWARD: A committed supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and local business community. The award recognizes an individual for their outstanding dedication to the mission of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. The mission to improve and enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for the Lakes Region Community through excellence, collaboration, leadership, integrity, vision and stability. Ted has volunteered on the Lakes Region Chamber board since 2016, is a past president and prior to that served two term on the Greater Meredith Chamber board. Ted is always actively involved, a community & Chamber champion willing to support all the Chamber’s initiatives, first to lend a hand and a true advocate.
MIKE MULLAVEY, Franklin Community Advocate - HURST AWARD: First awarded to Dave & Carolyn Hurst in 2006, this award recognizes citizens of the Greater Franklin Area having demonstrated excellence in community leadership and most specifically have demonstrated a lifetime of passion for the betterment of the Greater Franklin community. Mike has demonstrated a lifetime of passion for the betterment of the Greater Franklin Community. Mike’s services include building original home of the Twin Rivers Intergenerational Program (TRIP) Center, 10 years of dedication to the Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, the Odell Centennial Park Project, contributions to PermaCityLife and most of all a genuine advocate for the community of Franklin and it’s residents.
JAIMIE SOUSA, Independence Financial Advisors - YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD: This award recognizes an individual living and working in the Lakes Region, demonstrating a strong community engagement, leadership development and serving as an inspiring role model for others. From the moment Jaimie arrived in the Lakes Region, she planted roots. She volunteered as an ambassador for the chamber which led to the collaborative creation of Fusion NH, Lakes Region’s young professional organization and currently serves as chair of the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction. Jaimie is a leader, a collaborator and recognized as a role model for community.
JOHN BELAND, Partnership for Public Health - PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: Recognizing an individual that demonstrates a commitment to leadership in public service or leadership in a civic organization. John has held several community hats over the years that have led him to his current role as Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Partnership for Public Health. John retired as Fire Chief with the Town of Gilford with 28 years at the Gilford Fire Rescue and served as a Deputy Coordinator for the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid for over six years. He shares his leadership experience as an active board member and present to many Leadership Lakes Region graduates over the years.
AUTUMN BRALEY, Newfound Regional High School - STUDENT LEADER AWARD: Recognizing today's students is part of engaging and empowering our future workforce. Candidates must be currently enrolled in school. Their studies and extra-curricular activities show entrepreneurial spirit, peer leadership and a community to community service. A senior at Newfound Regional High School, Autumn is a true role model to her peers. Her engagement through school will lead her on a successful path for the future. Autumn has served on the student council, as a class officer. She developed team skills through sports participation in soccer, basketball and track. She has been recognized for excellence in music including All New England Band and Jazz Band. Autumn is a member of the National Honor Society. We are honored to recognize this Lakes Region student and look forward to watching her achieve great things!
Winners were selected from nominations received from the community. Through out the month of October, we will feature and spotlight each individual winner.
PAST AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE:
J Bart Conners: Sandy Marshall, Travis Cole, Bill Quigley, Christine Harris, Penny Raby
Hurst: Billy Hurd, Skip Dubois, Lynn & Bill Burns, Jeff & Bev Brewer, Fred Caruso
YP: Joel Arsenault, Ryan Barton, Beth San Soucie, Chris Walkley, Kara LaSalle
Public Service: Laura Brousseau, Chuck & Lisa Drew, Clare Persson
Student Leader: Meredith Fay Ellis, Sophia Joyal, Kyle Minery