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New Hampshire Seniors Recognized for Volunteer Service
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Publish Date:
May 5, 2014

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner (DHHS) Nicholas Toumpas and Governor Maggie Hassan joined with the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH to recognize this year’s recipients of the Vaughan Awards. The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards are presented annually to a couple or individual from each county who are 60 or older and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on behalf of senior citizens across New Hampshire.

"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 Joseph D. Vaughan Award was initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator. Vaughan was an early advocate for older residents of the state and was instrumental in creating a State agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.

“New Hampshire’s senior volunteers are a vital part of our communities,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “They bring a lifetime of experience to the organizations they serve. All our lives are enriched by their service. We thank and recognize our Vaughan Award winners and all our senior volunteers for the countless hours they give to helping improve the lives of others.”

This year’s Vaughan Award recipients are:

  • Belknap County: Emily LaPlante of Tilton
  • Carroll County: William Volk of North Conway
  • Cheshire County: Tuck and Bobbie Gilbert of Jaffrey
  • Coos County: Patricia Riley of Gorham
  • Grafton County: Maud Thompson of Littleton
  • Hillsborough County: Jim Orr of Peterborough
  • Merrimack County: Doris Morrow of Newbury
  • Rockingham County: Elaine Houde of Salem
  • Strafford County: Richard Cooper of Dover
  • Sullivan County: Elaine Bevilacqua of Goshen

For more information about this year’s Vaughan Award recipients contact award coordinator Roger Vachon at

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