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24th Annual Good Samaritan Awards

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Good Samaritan Awards Celebration to be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

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 130 individuals are among the esteemed honorees.

If you know someone that should be recognized for going above and beyond in their community, please tell us by nominating that person.

Click here to download the nomination form.

If you're interested in sponsoring or making a donation to our annual event, please contact Marcia Burns by calling PCS at 603.627.2702.

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 23 years!

2018 Good Samaritan Honorees

Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley
Founder, North End Montessori School

An entrepreneur and educator, Susan Bradley started and owns three Montessori schools in southern New Hampshire, serving approximately 400 students and employing nearly 50 teachers and staff. Meeting House Montessori School opened in Bow in 2000, followed by Casa dei Bambini Montessori Children’s Center (also in Bow) in 2006, and North End Montessori School in Manchester in 2015. North End Montessori is now one of the largest Montessori schools in New Hampshire, and serves students from toddler age through fifth grade from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, religions and races.

A graduate of Lesley University Women's College with a B.A. in Education, Ms. Bradley specialized in early childhood education and attended the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and the United Montessori Association. She is a member of the North American Montessori Teachers' Association, the American Montessori Society, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Ms. Bradley has worked with educators to develop and implement curriculums for both traditional and alternative education programs, supervised teachers enrolled in traditional and Montessori training programs during their internships, and consulted on the startup of educational programs.

In addition to the academic programs for students, Ms. Bradley's Montessori schools are vested in their teachers and communities. For example, North End Montessori has hosted the New Hampshire Montessori Association, held teacher workshops and trainings through Child Care Aware New Hampshire, provides space for the Manchester Community Theatre Players, offered its gymnasium to the Special Olympics New Hampshire, and donates space to the Oriental Healing Arts Association for Senior Friendly Tai Chi & Senior Safe Tai Chi classes.

Although often busy with her Montessori schools, Ms. Bradley has found time for hobbies ranging from dog sledding (she once had fourteen Siberian Huskies), bee keeping, gardening, interior decorating, and traveling (she has visited a dozen countries and hopes to see many more).

Peter Cooke

Peter Cooke
Culture Building Consultant/Founder, Cooke Associates

Peter Cooke, Principal of Cooke Associates, is a culture-building consultant and strategic planning facilitator. He helps organizations and communities become more intentional about creating a unified culture around shared values, vision, and shared leadership. Whether the focus is on a team, management group, organization or community, the outcomes are increased performance, inspiration, and a better understanding of the three dimensions of success: end results, process and principles.

Peter is also a Trainer for the Institute for Global Ethics and UNH's Browne Center.

Prior to forming Cooke Associates in 2000, Peter worked for Outward Bound's Professional Development Program in both group facilitation and marketing/sales. He sold and delivered experiential team building and leadership development programs to senior management groups and boards. While at Outward Bound, Peter founded and co-chaired the school-wide Diversity Task Force with a mission that focused on diversity education and the recruitment and retention of people of color.

Before Outward Bound, Peter spent 11 years with Clairol, a division of Procter & Gamble, where he was General Manger for a division of Clairol Canada headquartered in Montreal.

Some of Cooke Associates' clients include Waste Management; various Boys & Girls Clubs from New Hampshire to Queens, New York; Israelis and Palestinians via a Massachusetts non-profit called QLF; New American Africans; and Harvard University MBA and Executive Education programs.

Peter received a BS in Marketing at Babson College and an MS in Organization Development at Antioch University New England where he has taught seminars on ethics and leadership at the graduate level.

Peter was Co-Facilitator for the strategic planning process for Manchester, NH's immigrant integration initiative – Welcoming Manchester. He is now on its leadership team and serving as the Co-Chairperson for its Economic Development and Employment goal group. He was a founding board member of Diversity Workforce Coalition and was the Chairperson of the Diversity Committee for the Manchester Public School District In Need of Improvement Program. He also served as the Vice Chairperson for NHBSR (New Hampshire Business for Social Responsibility). He is married, has four children and lives in Hooksett, New Hampshire. His recreational interests are tennis, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, traveling and reading.

Chief Dan Goonan

Chief Dan Goonan
Chief, Manchester Fire/Safe Station

Chief Daniel A. Goonan has been a member of the Manchester Fire Department since December 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, Captain in 2000, and District Chief in 2003. In 2008 he was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of Administration, Fire Prevention, Dispatch and Maintenance Division. In 2015 he was promoted to Assistant Chief and in May of 2016 promoted to Chief of the Department.

Chief Goonan is a NH State Firefighter Level II, Hazmat Technician, Fire Service Instructor, and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. He also serves as the Manchester Fire Department's Fitness Coordinator and is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Peer Fitness Trainer. He has also completed the Management Curriculum at the National Fire Academy. In addition to the aforementioned credentials, Chief Goonan is also a certified CFO (Chief Fire Officer) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

Chief Goonan serves as the City of Manchester's Director of Emergency Management, coordinating activities in the Emergency Operations Center, grant writing, and Seabrook Station Reception Center activities. He has served on City and State committees concerning Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Chief Goonan helped develop and implement the Safe Station Program. Safe Station is a program that acts as the first step for those seeking help from Substance Abuse Disorder. Opening its doors on his first day as Chief, he continues to speak on this subject both statewide and nationally, including visits to the White House. He holds a B.S. in Public Safety Administration from Granite State College.

Doug LeClerc

Doug LeClerc
Co-Founder, Borderless Books, Manchester School District

Doug is an ELL teacher at the McDonough Elementary School in Manchester. He volunteers at the Afterschool program at this school 5 days a week for children in Kindergarten through grade 5. This involves providing after-school care, helping kids with projects, and offering educational activities, fitness and dance, arts and crafts, and academic support.

Doug also volunteers at "BRING IT!," an after-school program for kids in grades four through twelve. In this capacity he helps young people with homework, academic support, a health care program, and sports. This is a free program and most of the particpants are immigrants. It also offers health care and partners with several local colleges, including Southern New Hampshire Univeristy and St. Anselm's College. This program also helps with college preparation and job searches for the students.

"BRING IT!" serves several immigrant populations in Manchester. Participants are from Somalia, the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, and Nepal. "BRING IT!" provides services to approximately 300 kids yearly. It offers a free meal and is a drop-in program, which means that children are not obligated to attend every day, but can "drop in" whenever they would like. Doug is generous with his time and money. The person who nominated him said that every week he brings pizzas and juice for kids who might not have food or be able to eat the food that is provided.

Doug is a hard-working, passionate, and generous person who understands that it is important to help those in need. His travels to other countries helped him realize that many people do not have what we have in the United States. He enjoys working with kids and is drawn to providing services that help them to have a better life. He is very committed to education. He believes that it is important for "kids to be kids" and not to take on adult responsibilities. He strongly believes that our words—either positive or negative—have a tremendous impact on children and that it is essential for healthy functioning and self-esteem that kids hear positive comments about themselves.

Doug and some friends started a program initially called "Books without Borders" and now called, "Borderless Books." After a trip to Antigua, he and his friends learned that many schools do not have books, many of the students did not like to read, and many of them did not know how to read. He and his buddies started book drives and fund-raising projects to purchase books for these schools so that there would be books in their libraries. Additionally, they started a summer reading program for kids. He has gotten to know many of the kids who participate in this program and thinks of them as "part of my family."

Doug is an energetic and enthusiastic young man who likes to "get things done" without calling attention to himself (like all of the Good Samaritans we have honored). PCS is happy to honor the outstanding work that Doug does on behalf of others.

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