STATEWIDE — Volunteers who have assisted Mainers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic were honored in a special ceremony.
Gov. Janet Mills honored five individual volunteers and one volunteer team during the 35th annual Governor’s Service Awards ceremony.
Luc Nya of Saco took home the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award due to his work with the volunteer board of visitors at the University of Southern Maine. Shawn Jiminez from Gardiner Area High School was the Young Maine Volunteer of the Year.
Raye Anne Desoto a teacher at Gardiner Area High School was given the Excellence in Youth Service Development Award.
“These awards are a wonderful way to highlight their invaluable contributions by publicly thanking them of their generosity and service,” Sen. Susan Collins said.
Clara McCool from the Greater Portland Council of Governments was awarded the Outstanding National Service Volunteer Award.
Bidderford’s Vaccine Volunteer Assistance Team from the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging was given the Outstanding Volunteer Team Award, and Heart of Biddeford’s Delilah Poupore was given the Excellence in Volunteer Administration Award.
Mills said these awards were given out on top of the 204 adults and 77 youths who contributed more than 180,000 volunteer hours to communities across the state.
“Congratulations on these well-deserved honors. Every year the Governor’s Service Awards recognize those who exemplify the spirit and service of our state. I can think of no one more fitting to receive these awards than you folks. On behalf of the 1.3 million people of the great state of maine, I thank you,” Mills said.
More information about each of the award winners can be found online at Volunteer Maine’s website