2014-04-25 / Community

South Portland has special volunteer

Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage presided over the 28th annual presentation of the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism. The six category winners have had an impact in communities from Orono to South Portland.

The Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteer are presented each year as a celebration of citizen volunteer action. The award program focuses attention on businesses, organizations, schools and individuals whose service is considered a model for others to emulate. The winners are selected because their efforts and leadership have made a significant difference in the quality of life for Maine residents.

Clarence Smith of South Portland received the Volunteer of the Year award for the service he provides to patients and their families through Beacon Hospice. He provides a listening heart, a compassionate presence and a winning smile to support people at the end of their lives and helps comfort their families. As a veteran himself, Smith has embraced the “We Honor Vets” program. He participates in pinning ceremonies to honor veterans and goes an extra step by researching individual veteran’s unit insignias. Smith also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Veterans for Peace.

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