Nashoba Valley Chamber announces Community Leadership awards

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DEVENS — The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its eleventh annual Community Service & Leadership Awards (CSLA) event on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The event will be held at the Devens Common Center, Devens.

Award categories are as follows:

Outstanding Citizen/Volunteer — named for the late Robert W. Lewis — is given to an individual who has advanced the community significantly by his or her contribution of time, talent and efforts.

The honorees this year are Dawn McCall and Mike Labbe of Shirley and Ellen Hargraves of Groton.

Dawn McCall’s and Mike Labbe’s community service in the town of Shirley is inspirational — they’ve done everything from brewing beer to support the town’s 250th celebration to organizing and promoting town cleanup days, filming and editing for Shirley’s cable access, helping with the town’s website, and volunteering at the Shirley Historical Society. They are also both water quality volunteers with the Nashua River Watershed where they sample water, record data, and work in the lab.

A long-time resident of Groton, Ellen Hargraves has been involved in all aspects of her community, from schools (both as a teacher and school committee member), the Groton Historical Society, the Groton Women’s club, to various Groton town committees (Prescott Re-use Committee, Chairman of the Old Burying Ground Commission, Election Worker, Long Range Planning Committee for the Groton Historical Society and Boutwell House.) Ellen also volunteers as a reader at the Seven Hills Facility, where she received a Presidential Volunteer Service certificate.

Outstanding Company/Organization Award — named for the late Roy L. Jeannotte — is given to a company or organization that has made a substantial contribution to the lasting enhancement of the Nashoba Valley Region by demonstrating exceptional leadership and community involvement.

This year we have two winners: Indian Hill Music of Littleton and Community Chiropractic of Groton.

Indian Hill Music has been called a “model of community connection” by Symphony Magazine. Indian Hill Music gives back to the community through their music school (serving over 1500 students and granting more than $37,000 in scholarships), their professional orchestra, and musical philanthropy, which encompasses instruction in the Ayer/Shirley public schools, outreach to seniors, and outreach to the terminally ill and their caregivers. In 2010, these outreach activities served over 6,500 people.

Community Chiropractic has been serving their clients in the Nashoba Valley since 2003. Owners of Community Chiropractic, Doctors Pam and Steve Jarboe support and honor the people in their community and surrounding areas by offering (among a list of things too numerous to mention here) a year of free care for veterans, a year of free care for the Groton Fire Department, free wellness classes for the community three times per month, and free backpack safety screenings for children. They also support many not for profit organizations through various fundraisers and drives: Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope, and Pages for Peace, among others.

Outstanding Professional/Business Person — this award is given to a business or professional person who through extraordinary effort in his/her chosen field has contributed significantly to the Nashoba Valley region.

The award this year will be given to Priscilla Scales of Ayer.

Priscilla, Assistant Vice President and Treasurer for North Middlesex Savings Bank, has a long history of volunteer work and community service. Belonging to a women’s branch of the Shriners, Priscilla is part of a group that has raised over $80,000 for burn victims. Priscilla also is a volunteer at Loaves and Fishes, is a member of the Groton Women Club/Christmas green sale, is an active member of the newly formed Groton board of trade, is a member of the Groton Pepperell Rotary and coordinates the backpack program, providing needy children in the Groton Pepperell school system with backpacks complete with school supplies, is President Elect for the Rotary for 2012-2013 year, and is also a volunteer at Grotonfest, among many other volunteer activities.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a cash bar and entertainment featuring pianist Donn Hill. Dinner and program to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 each (Senior citizens $27). Advance registrations only. Make your reservations now to honor these special people.

The category sponsors this year include Parker Hannifin, Rollstone Bank & Trust and MassDevelopment.

Serving over 400 members throughout Middlesex and Worcester Counties and surrounding communities, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce supports local commerce by providing small business counseling, a legislative referral group, insurance programs and business to business networking and discount services.

In addition, the Chamber hosts a variety of special events and programs that enhance community life including the community service and leadership awards and their scholarship program.