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22nd Annual Good Samaritan Awards

The 2017 Good Samaritan Awards Celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, NH. The public is invited and welcomed to attend. To purchase tickets, please call PCS offices at 603-627-2702.

If you’re interested in supporting our annual event, please click here for Sponsorship Opportunities or contact Marcia Burns at PCS.

About Our Generous 2016 Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Principal Sponsors

Primary Sponsors

Table Sponsors

Camp Allen Board of Directors
Lee & Ron Dieter
PCS Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. Cal Genzel
Dr. David B. Reynolds & Rev. Carol L. Meredith
Stephen Smith

Friends of PCS

EVR Advertising
Jeanine & Company
Moore Center
New Hampshire Hospital Association
Stebbins Commercial Properties, Inc.
Richard Charpentier
Manchester Mental Health Center
Palace Theatre
Sponsors in Kind
Apotheca Flowers
Headshots Photography

Auction Donors

Attorney Christine Windler of Cronin, Bisson and Zalinski, P.C
Bellman's Jewelers
Boston Ballet
Boston Red Sox
Campo Enoteca
Candia Woods
Claudette Laroche, LMT Massage
Concord Country Club
Envy Sports Club and Cafe
Fischer Skis
Game On, Boston
Hooked Seafood Restaurant
Ignite Bar & Grille
Lindt Chocolates
Manchester Historic Association
NH Fisher Cats
Nicole Levesque, Personal Trainer
Not So Plain Jane's Salon & Spa
Palace Theatre
Patrick McCahey, NH Institute of Art
Perfecta Wine Company
Portsmouth Harbor Cruises
Republic Cafe & Bistro
Tico restaurant, Boston
Verizon Center
Waterville Valley

Click here to review the 2016 Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities.

About the Good Samaritan Awards

Each year, PCS proudly hosts the Annual Good Samaritan Awards Celebration. This unique celebration honors individuals who have pursued extraordinary measures to strengthen communities and improve life in New Hampshire. Since 1996, PCS has honored more than 100 individuals in six different categories to include: Business, Education, Media & the Arts, Medicine & Healing, Religion and Rising Star.

Proceeds from the Good Samaritan Awards Banquet will:

  • Assist those individuals and families who do not have the financial means necessary to secure the counseling services they need and
  • Support programs and services that meet the ever changing needs of our community.

The wellness of our friends and neighbors is the core of what keeps our community positive and productive.

See all our Good Samaritan Award Honorees from the past 21 years!

2016 Good Samaritan Honorees

Mary Constance, Camp Allen & Moore Center Services

Mary Constance
Camp Allen & Moore Center Services

Mary grew up in a small town in northern Vermont. She tells us her first friends were the LaRocque girls who lived down the street, Gale, Bonnie, and their Aunt Sylvia. Sylvia had Down Syndrome and was 28 when they first became friends. In her own words, Mary says they had a mutual admiration for each other from the time they were four years old. Their friendship was interrupted by a two-year move to Puerto Rico when she was eight and when she returned to Vermont she says she can still remember Sylvia running across the yard to give her a big hug, she thought to herself 'she remembered me'. Move forward 45 years and Mary found herself Executive Director of Camp Allen. Along the way she had spent her career working for people with all kinds of challenges.

She worked in group homes, sheltered workshops, schools, and when her family moved to New Hampshire she worked at Moore Center Services for 13 years. She loved the work she had done but found that as she moved up the career ladder, she moved directly away from what she loved: advocating and working closely with families and individuals with challenges.

Mary says, a friend told her that that Camp Allen needed her...but she reflects that it really was the other way around. She says she needed Camp Allen. For 13 years she says she was blessed to work with families, with children and adults like Sylvia, and to mentor young people, counselors and staff, all who got to work each summer with incredible people and encounter life altering experiences at Camp Allen.

Mary comes from a family that believes strongly in service to the community. She applauds her Mom and Dad for setting good examples for all of their eight children. And in retirement Mary says she finds she has more time to devote to service. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Serenity Place, and a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Police Athletic League. She is an active Rotarian with the Manchester Rotary, and she says she is always available for Camp Allen.

In Mary's own words, "Finally and most importantly, I am a wife, Mom and a Grammy. I am proud of my husband Joe, our children, Rose and Michael, and their spouses, Andrew and Amie. I adore my grandchildren, Avery and Teddy. And I can't leave out my beautiful dogs: Ruby, Klaus, and Otto. Yes, I have a busy life...busy and happy!"

Michael L'Ecuyer, Bellwether Community Credit Union

Michael L'Ecuyer
Bellwether Community Credit Union

Michael L'Ecuyer (Mike) is the President & CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union in Manchester, New Hampshire. Under his leadership, Bellwether has grown to over $435 million in assets and serves over 30,000 members with their financial needs. Mike joined Bellwether Community Credit Union in 1998 as the Senior Vice President and was named President and CEO in 2001.

Before joining Bellwether, Mike was the Senior Vice President of Retail Banking at Safety Fund National Bank in Fitchburg, Massachusetts after holding Vice President positions in commercial lending at Safety Fund and Shawmut Bank in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Active in the Manchester-area community, Mike is currently serving as a Trustee and Past Chair of the Palace Theatre Trust; Director at Northeast Delta Dental; Director of New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts; Honorary Chairman for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction; Director and Past Chairman at New England Automated Clearing House (NEACH); Chairman of America's Credit Union Museum; and a Member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's Member Advisory Board.

Mike holds a Master's in Business Administration Degree from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Elon University. Mike and his wife, Debbie, have a daughter, Kristine. Michael's hobbies include golfing, running and boating.

Susan & Patrick McKeown, Addiction Recovery Support Groups

Susan & Patrick McKeown
Addiction Recovery Support Groups

Susan and Patrick McKeown define the word TEAM – which they have been since they first met at Saint Anselm College, nearly fifty years ago. Patrick, an Irish immigrant who moved here at age five, is convinced it was the "luck of the Irish" that he met Susan. After graduating they both worked for a year on Cape Cod before getting married, joining VISTA and heading down to Georgetown, Texas to do their volunteer work of "care and feeding" in a severely poverty stricken area. Susan was a "town nurse" stationed in a mobile unit serving the neediest of families. Patrick started an after school tutoring program for youth, writing a grant to get funding to feed the students as well. It was this service learning experience, coupled with their inherent spirit of giving that would shape their very successful life and careers in New Hampshire. Most recently, their tireless, devoted work as Facilitators for Substance Misuse Family Support Groups has guided countless families through the pain and perils of addiction.

Upon returning to New Hampshire, Susan applied for a job with Child Health Services. It was the late Dr. Selma Deitch(2002)Good Samaritan Award Winner who recognized the Nurse Practitioner potential in Susan, who then mentored under Dr. Eugene Lariviere (1997 Good Samaritan Award Honoree)and the rest is history, serving as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Dr. Lariviere's practice and then Child Health Services until her retirement in 2014. Patrick took a position as teacher at the Franklin School, a school dedicated to Special Education for children with physical and learning disabilities. From there he would take the role of Special Education teacher at Manchester Central and there he stayed and starred until his retirement last year. Patrick proudly holds the title of longest running Special Ed. teacher in Manchester. Of course in between all of this they raised four beautiful and smart children.

Wait there's more! Susan and Patrick are the widely recognized co-founders of FASTER -Families Advocating Substance Training Education and Recovery and serve as Eucharistic Ministers at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Susan, a member of the NH Nurse Practitioner Association and the Association of Mental Health, is a regular speaker at the Diocesan Engaged Couples Seminar as well as columnist for Parable magazine. In her "spare" time she found time to author a book Beyond the First Dance, written for couples taking the big step. Both Susan and Patrick will tell you they're just doing what they choose to and need to do and doing it together is even better.

Alex Walker, Catholic Medical Center

Alex Walker
Catholic Medical Center

Alex is the Executive Vice President of Operations & Strategic Development at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. Prior to joining CMC in 2012, Alex served as President and Chairman of Devine, Millimet & Branch, one of New Hampshire's largest law firms. During his tenure, Devine Millimet was recognized by the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the New Hampshire Bar Association for its commitment providing pro bono legal services to the poor. The firm was also recognized by Business NH Magazine as one of "Best Companies to Work For" in New Hampshire.

Alex has been individually recognized by his peers and clients for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA as one of America's leading litigators as well as a "New England Super Lawyer."

Alex has been actively involved in the community for many years. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Palace Theatre Board of Trustees and the New Hampshire Hospital Association Advocacy Task Force. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire, the Crotched Mountain Foundation Board of Trustees, and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. He is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Granite United Way and helped raise a historic $3.7 million for the 2009 Annual Campaign of what was then called the Heritage United Way. He has also served on the New Hampshire Bar Association's Board of Governors, the New Hampshire Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, the Board of Directors of City Year – New Hampshire and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors where he served as Chairman of the Board in 2011.

Alex graduated from Northeastern University School of Law. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in English and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts. Alex also proudly served for several years in the United States Marine Corps. Alex resides in Manchester with his wife Lisa and their two children, Rose and Alexander.

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