CARIBOU, Maine — Business owner, volunteer, author and caregiver Margaret Kimball of Caribou recently was honored as the Maine Business and Professional Women’s 2012 Woman of the Year.
Caribou BPW member Darlene Grass, who nominated Kimball for the honor, used “Margaret” as an acronym for the adjectives to describe her as motivated, affectionate, responsible, godly, an author, reliable, empathetic and time conscious.
“The world would be a better place if there were more women like Margaret for us to use as role models and mentors,” Grass wrote in her nomination letter.
Kimball expressed her thanks for the honor during a special ceremony held on Oct. 20 at the Caribou Historical Center, where she volunteers.
“To be chosen from throughout the state of Maine is indeed special,” she said. “Womens’ role in this world culture is not easy; it is competitive and challenging, an uphill climb all the way. Nevertheless, we strive to keep our skills sharpened, and keep mind of the opportunities as they come available.”
“Our present culture states we can have it all — career, marriage, children, wealth, prestige — and it is possible, but remember: there is a price to pay,” Kimball said. “Commitment, time, energy and loyalty to the spouse, to the job, to the children; so think thoroughly, because the many tomorrows that follow will affect the decisions you make today.”
Kimball described how she was able to build the foundation for her outlook on life based on the lessons she learned from her mother, who was a strong woman worth emulation.
“Her life story will fill the pages of a book I plan to write,” Kimball said. “I think of her as a pioneer right out of the pages of history.”
Kimball shared stories of her mother’s perseverance and hard work, and offered words of advice.
“We grow and mature by tests and trials — our attitude is so important in how we go through them. How we think, how we act, we make a statement wherever we go,” she said. “We are women of substance and purpose, with much potential to offer.”
“We need to put our best foot forward always, yet never lose our femininity,” Kimball added. “Be your best, look your best and act your best. Live life to the fullest.”
“Remember,” she concluded, “each day is an opportunity to make choices that will impact peoples’ lives.”
Her speech was met with echoing applause.
A prolific writer, Kimball’s next book, “The Inheritance,” is slated to be available for the Christmas season.