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Sylvia Evans and Young Leadership Awards announced

May 28, 2020
BERLIN — The Board of Directors of Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Sylvia Evans Citizenship and Outstanding Young Leaders Awards.

This year's recipient of the Sylvia Evans Citizenship Award is Joan Merrill. For the past 37 years, the award has been presented to a local woman whose actions reflect the community-mindedness of Sylvia Evans, a long-time Berlin resident who demonstrated concern for and devoted time and energy to the women and families of the North Country.

Ms. Merrill is well known for the years she spent as an English teacher in the Berlin and Gorham school systems -- a job that didn't end when she retired as she has continued to work with students in a variety of capacities. She has also spent many years volunteering in the community to improve the lives of area residents.

She remains an active volunteer for Response -- the area's domestic violence and sexual assault program, served for many years on the CCFHS Board of Directors, retiring as its Past-President, has been a longtime volunteer at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, volunteered at the local prisons, and has recently become a Certified Recovery Coach assisting individuals working to overcome addiction.

Her efforts to improve the quality of life of area residents are noteworthy, meaningful, and represent a model for us all to aspire to. We are proud to recognize Joan Merrill as the 2020 Sylvia Evans Award Honoree.

Cos Family Health is also pleased to recognize three young women from our region as outstanding young female leaders. This year's honorees are Natalie Williams from Berlin Middle/High School, Hannah Nadeau from Canaan Memorial High School, and Anna Roberge from Gorham Middle & High School.

All three young women were lauded by their respective schools for their extensive involvement in school and community life, for their academic achievements, for their participation in extra-curricular activities, and for being exceptional peer role models.

The CCFHS Board congratulates these outstanding women of the Androscoggin Valley, recognizes and honors their community service, and hopes everyone will be inspired by the examples that these women have offered to us.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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