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23rd Annual Good Samaritan Awards

PCS is excited to announce it has opened the nomination process for this year's Good Samaritan Awards.

The 2018 Good Samaritan Awards Celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, NH. The public is invited and welcomed to attend.

Each year, PCS recognizes those individuals who pursue extraordinary measures to strengthen communities and improve life in New Hampshire. PCS has honored Good Samaritans since 1996 and over 125 individuals are among the esteemed honorees.

To identify these outstanding individuals, PCS conducts a nomination process through which community members can recommend qualified candidates. If you're interested in supporting our annual event, please contact Marcia Burns by calling PCS at 603.627.2702.

Please click here to download and print the nomination form.

Nomination deadline is Thursday, March 22, 2018.

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 various industries, including business, nonprofit, legal, education, media, arts, religion, medicine and healing.

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 22 years!

2017 Good Samaritan Honorees

Mary Ann Aldrich, RN, MS

Mary Ann Aldrich, RN, MS
Dartmouth Hitchcock

Mary Ann is the Clinical Director of Community Health Operations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, a role she has been thriving in for the past 17 years. Prior to joining the Dartmouth-Hitchcock team, Mary Ann worked in various healthcare roles both in Wisconsin and Massachusetts but was thrilled to return to her family home in New Hampshire to accept a new position that her education and work experience was ready to assume.

Since arriving on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock campus, she has made her indelible mark on the health front and spearheading various collaborative initiatives such as Grounds Beautification through a partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension and The Way Home to facilitate the creation of a community garden on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester property, Community Health Fairs, and a school to business relationship with Green Acres Elementary School in Manchester to bolster career exploration at the most impressionable age. She even recruited an Eagle Scout to create a creative walking/ exercise path to encourage healthy exercise with a view.

Mary Ann grew up in a home where sharing your talents and abilities to help others in need was a way of life. Following in her mother’s footsteps as a conscientious community volunteer, Mary Ann maintains a healthy balance between being an active full time health care professional and a proactive participant on numerous non-profit boards and committees. Current memberships include The Moore Center, Families in Transition, New Hampshire Children’s Trust, Northeast Delta Dental, VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Public Health Association.

A graduate of the Elliot Hospital School of Nursing, Stonehill College and Lesley College, Mary Ann obtained her MS from the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program.

Through participating in Leadership Greater Manchester, Leadership New Hampshire, and board service for several area organizations, she became increasingly aware of the significant impact that volunteers have in this community and state. From her early start as a Candy Striper at Concord Hospital, her commitment has expanded to support organizations whose missions are to serve children, improve mental, dental and physical health, and to promote the arts.

Mary Ann resides in Concord with her two Scottish Terriers, a beautiful garden and a neighborhood she looks after. She is particularly grateful for the many friendships she has formed over decades of community collaboration and looks forward to many more years to come.

Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr.

Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr.
Change Direction NH

John T. Broderick, Jr. is one of three co-chairs for the Change Direction NH campaign. In this role John has taken a bold step to help turn the tide of the stigma of mental illness by sharing a personal experience. John’s presentation discusses his family’s journey with mental illness as well as his engagement in the Change Direction New Hampshire campaign and why it matters. His current speaking engagement schedule is slated into January 2018. He has traveled over 16,000 miles to speak at over 131 events to more than 13,600 individuals over the last 13 months. Many of those events were at schools, 45 in all, or school-related conferences or forums where students, teachers, faculty, school administrators/superintendents and/or parents were in attendance.

John was recently named Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Prior to his accepting this positon, he was a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1995 to 2010. During his last seven years there he served as Chief Justice. Much of his focus as Chief Justice was on court reform in an effort to make the justice system in our state more accessible, affordable and understandable for more of our citizens.

John was the first Chief Justice in our state’s history to appoint a Citizens Commission on the State Courts so that citizens could examine how the courts functioned and how they could be improved to better serve the needs of all who needed them. He created the first-ever business court, and expanded family court, mental health court and drug court dockets across the state.

After stepping down as Chief Justice, he became Dean of the law school at UNH. Under his leadership, the law school advanced an unprecedented 49 slots in the US News and World Report rankings into a tie with the law schools at Northeastern and Villanova. He was also the founder of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the law school.

Before entering public service, Justice Broderick was a civil trial lawyer in private practice for over twenty years and formerly served as president of both the NH Bar Association and the NH Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has received numerous professional awards and several honorary degrees.

John Broderick was born in Norwood, MA and is an honors graduate of Holy Cross College and the University of Virginia Law School. He and his wife Patti live in Massachusetts.

Dan Forbes, MSW

Dan Forbes, MSW
Meelia Center for Community Engagement,
Saint Anselm College

Dan Forbes began his teaching career in social work at Saint Anselm College in 1985 and within 4 years accepted the role of Director of the college’s Meelia Center for Community Engagement. The rest is noteworthy history. His leadership and tireless determination have helped Saint Anselm and other colleges in the region develop the capacity to support effective campus-community engagement, including integration of service and academics, student leadership in support of community engagement and the successful building of community partnerships.

Dan credits this success to the corps of Meelia staff and amazing students, fueling a career of prolific program development, administrative innovation and unique direct service opportunities. He is most proud of his work at Langdon Mill Apartments from 2007-2012 which resulted in his official certification as a bed bug fighter (technically termed Integrated Pest Management.) From hosting fundraisers to reunite refugee families, to deploying him and his pickup truck in numerous moves and redistribution of furniture to new families in Manchester, the Meelia staff is constantly on the move. In 2010, Dan and his team created the popular Access Academy, a campus-based afterschool education program for refugee, immigrant and underrepresented high school students in Manchester.

Dan’s work in preparing social work students for important community work, and years of contributing to the development of the Meelia Center’s outstanding student leadership corps represent some of his most rewarding work. Together they have helped the college achieve national recognition for its community work including inclusion in Princeton Review’s College’s with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement and a ranking of 13th in the nation (2015), 6th in the nation (2016) and 5th in the nation (2017) in Community Engagement. Along with his Associate Director Nickie Lora, several professional staff and a student staff of nearly 90 leaders, the Meelia Center supports over 400 engaged students at nearly 60 community non-profits each week.

A graduate of Saint Anselm College, Dan obtained his MSW from Boston College School of Social Work. Dan and his wife Karyn of 36 years are the proud parents of three daughters and of three grandchildren. Dan sits on the board of Dismas Home NH, a newly established transitional home for formally incarcerated women in Manchester, and the Citizen’s Advisory Board of the NH Correctional Facility for Women. It was through his advisory board service that Dan became the women’s prison softball coach, a role that he had missed since his daughters’ softball days.

Susan A. Manchester, Esq.

Susan A. Manchester, Esq.
Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green, P.A.

Susan Manchester is what one of her well respected colleagues refers to as “one darn good lawyer” and that she is and has been at Sheehan, Phinney Bass & Green for over 30 years.

Susan was first introduced to the legal industry as a summer clerk for Sheehan Phinney, when she was a student at Boston University in the late 1970’s. She grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts, the daughter of a teacher and his dear wife who espoused a strong work and academic ethic Smart and hardworking are two good genetic traits Susan inherited and developed, along with good listening skills and fearless gusto. It would be these traits that would catapult her to the top of her field in defense.

Susan Antone went to Brown University and then on to Boston University Law School with a passion for justice and a personality to defend it. She joined the Sheehan Phinney firm and found her footing in the law after a couple of false starts, but refused to give up. She soon learned to assert herself, following the example of senior partners, Bill Green and Kimon Zachos, by joining the United Way in the allocations program, later to join the board and head it. She then went on to join the Association of the Blind Board, move on to head it and help them through a successful rebranding, while teaching others how to do the right thing by doing good in the community.

In her adopted town of Amherst, she has become a leader in the Community Church and other activities. She was instrumental in helping not-for-profits in Manchester defeat local zoning opposition, and has been recognized by the United Way and other organizations for her pro-bono efforts. She is considered the ultimate role model for young attorneys in the community in serving those less fortunate.

Susan was recently named President of the Manchester Rotary Club. She resides in Amherst with her husband and their daughter.

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