SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Girl Scouts of Maine has announced that Gena Canning, managing partner at Pine State Trading Co., will be honored at the 18th annual Women of Distinction Gala on Dec. 4, at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.
The Women of Distinction Gala is an annual event that celebrates women whose individual excellence and high levels of achievement distinguish them as outstanding members of their communities and exemplary role models for today’s girls.
“Women of Distinction are determined and courageous leaders who impact the way we live today and who nurture and inspire the young women who will shape our tomorrow,” said Joanne Crepeau, Interim CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine, in a press release. “We are proud to honor Gena for all her accomplishments.”
With more than 24 years of experience at Pine State Trading Co., Gena has extensive knowledge and experience in customer service, external relations, human resources and marketing. Gena manages the Pine State Human Resources Team that serves more than 1,000 employees and oversees corporate giving. She is highly regarded for her interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, culture and team building.
Gena serves on the Government Affairs Board for the National Association of Wholesale Marketers, Maine Grocer’s Association, and the New England Convenience Store Association where she is widely recognized for her integrity and credibility, particularly with highly regulated products. She also serves as vice chair of the Bangor Savings Bank Board of Directors, the largest bank in the state. Gena holds a BA in Communications from American University.
As an avid wellness advocate within Pine State Trading and in the community, Gena is actively involved with Girls on The Run, the Kennebec Valley YMCA, the Gardiner Area Boys and Girls Club and the Maine Cancer Center Foundation’s “Tri for a Cure.”
A resident of Yarmouth, Gena has three children, David Holly and Christopher and is a consistent host of AFS exchange students.
Bangor Savings Bank is the lead sponsor for the Women of Distinction Gala.
“We are overjoyed that Gena Canning has been selected by the Girl Scouts of Maine as this year’s Woman of Distinction,” said Jim Conlon, Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO, in a press release. “As a Bangor Savings Bank board member and leader among leaders, we know that she sets a powerful example for girls and young women throughout the state of Maine.”
The Woman of Distinction Gala, one of the most highly anticipated events of the season, includes an auction and dinner and supports leadership programs for girls statewide. Past Women of Distinction honorees include Meredith Strang Burgess, Melissa Smith, Pamela Hurley-Moser, Betsey Timm, Brenda Garrand, Senator Olympia Snowe, Erin Hoeflinger, Dr. Sandra Featherman, Meg Baxter, Beth Newlands Campbell, Judith Magyar Isaacson, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Sara Burns, Carol Mitchell, Maddy Corson, Eleanor Baker, and Jana Lapoint.
Girl Scouts of Maine builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSME provides services and support to over 14,000 girl and adult members statewide, and operates service centers and shops in South Portland and Bangor.