2018 Extension Association Annual Meeting
Three annual awards were presented at the Hancock County Extension Association’s annual meeting on September 27th.
2018 Leadership in Action Award | Non-Profit
The 2018 Leadership in Action Award for a local non-profit was presented to Kitty Barbee representing Eastern Maine Development Corporation. EMDC is now in its 51st year, and is the largest economic development district in Maine, with offices in Bangor, Ellsworth, East Millinocket, Dover-Foxcroft, and Machias, and a professional staff of 30. Louis Bassano, Extension Educator, has proudly served on the EMDC’s Loan Review Committee for 15 years. Over the last 12 months, more than 7 million dollars in loans have been infused into the local economy, creating or retaining 28 jobs. EMDC has partnered with UMaine Extension in other activities such as the Hancock County Business Conference, individual business consultations, and small business workshops.
2018 Annette Valenoti Leadership in Action Award
The 2018 Annette Valenoti Leadership in Action award was presented to Dorcas Corrow and Eva Eicher of Sweet Haven Harvest for Hunger Farm in Seal Cove. Both spend the winter months planning and growing hundreds of seedlings for the garden in their home. They work with volunteers for 25 weeks, May through early November, growing crops on their farm and delivering their produce to people of limited means on Mount Desert Island. Over the last 8 years they have grown and donated 11,500 lbs (nearly 6 tons) of fresh produce to community members with limited resources. Dorcas is also a Master Gardener Volunteer through UMaine Extension in Hancock County.
2018 4-H Youth Leadership in Action Award
The recipient of the 2018 4-H Youth Leadership in Action Award is Alia, a wonderful example of a true leader. She has held many leadership positions in and out of 4-H, and is an active participant and supporter of the Hancock County 4-H programs such as STEM programs, Public Speaking, and more. She is a mentor to her peers and a dedicated, compassionate, and determined member of her community. Fellow 4-H’ers look up to her not only as one of the top riders on the Maine 4-H Equestrian Team, but also as a team-player and inspiring mentor. Recently, Alia made Maine 4-H history by receiving the New England Sportsmanship Award at the 2018 Eastern States Exposition 4-H Horse Show. We are looking forward to following Alia’s bright future ahead!