POLAND — Noting that quite a few in the group at Poland Spring Vacation resort hadn’t viewed every single other in particular person for 16 months because of to the pandemic, Shanna Cox opened the 133rd annual Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce awards on Thursday contacting it a day “to celebrate every other, to rejoice road blocks we overcame and to celebrate the leaders who continuously transfer our area forward.”
That celebration kicked off with the new, initial-time Major As a result of Alter Award.
Cox, the chamber president, claimed Dr. John Alexander suit that award by supplying of his time and expertise as he educated and reassured regional officers, first responders and enterprise leaders throughout the past 16 months.
Alexander is chief medical officer for Central Maine Healthcare.
“I believe this will convey us nearer together and make us more powerful as perfectly as be in a position to adapt to just about anything that comes at us,” claimed Alexander, who, like other awardees, had prerecorded remarks.
Roger Philippon, the a short while ago retired dean of preparing and public affairs at Central Maine Neighborhood Faculty in Auburn, was honored with the Neighborhood Company Award for his function at the faculty and in Group Minor Theatre, where by he’s appeared in 30-plus phase productions over 25 yrs.
Philippon mentioned he wished to recognize the importance of close friends, household and colleagues, together with his spouse of 42 a long time, Celeste, and his “local celebrity” son, Joe, a Lewiston law enforcement officer.
“One of my favourite motion pictures is ‘It’s A Great Daily life,’” he explained, and at the finish, George Bailey finds a e-book with an inscription: “It suggests, ‘Remember no male is a failure who has friends. Many thanks for the wings.’”
Cox launched a video clip for Jules Patry, the proprietor of DaVinci’s Eatery and recipient of the Business Leadership Award, by declaring Patry was a person of several text and doesn’t invest them talking up his own do the job.
He’s restored two downtown qualities bringing housing to Lisbon Avenue, the most up-to-date at 199 Lisbon St., and delivers his time mentoring other compact enterprise proprietors, she stated.
“I’m psyched to be section of the financial redevelopment of downtown Lewiston,” Patry stated. “I’d like to thank my staff for all the hard work they do. I’d like to thank my spouse and son for placing up with the hours that are associated in running a successful restaurant. I’m honored and humbled.”
Betsy Sawyer-Manter, president and CEO of SeniorsPlus, accepted the Theresa Samson Women’s Business Management Award.
She called Lewiston-Auburn an optimistic place with a perception of joy.
“I’ve labored as a social employee my entire qualified occupation,” she stated. “To be in the caliber of women who come right before me, and have been picked for this prestigious award, is wonderful. I feel it takes both of those sexes to make a actually very good get the job done ecosystem and it’s good just to see ladies achieve those leadership positions.”
Cox claimed the Ken Additon Modest Organization Advocacy Award winner this calendar year didn’t healthy the usual scope of the award, “though it may possibly be my preferred.”
Anania & Associates saved the previous Jones & Vining plant past 12 months immediately after entrepreneurs announced it was closing. The facility reopened below the title Poly Labs. Anania & Associates had formerly stepped in to commit in and buy yet another local company, Elmet Systems.
As a result of advocating for each businesses, they had been in a position to continue to keep people today used and “keep this important business in this region,” Cox mentioned.
Jennifer Hogan, president and CEO of Group Credit score Union, was recognized for years of chamber involvement with the Ray Geiger Chamber Champion Award.
“I’ve supplied to the chamber because I care, I’m passionate about it, I’m passionate about what the chamber suggests to this local community,” she said.
For the ultimate award of the afternoon, Cox claimed she didn’t give a President’s Award last year simply because she hadn’t been in the position really extensive. This calendar year, she identified Alex McMahan and Allison Carmen from The Healing Group MEDCo for the perform the corporation does for the neighborhood, a good deal of it with no recognition.
“They’re not just great mentors and chamber associates, which is the two correct, but they ensure that every single just one of their properties and corporations make use of neighborhood artists and set up neighborhood art. They obtain diverse folks in the community that they can mentor,” she mentioned. And about the previous 12 months, MEDCo donations and chamber members’ matching donations bought $15,000 in groceries for local families.