AUGUSTA — The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine celebrated its annual Blaine House Tea event Nov. 8 at the Blaine House. The event, hosted yearly by the Alliance, celebrates and honors the work of the home care and hospice workers and volunteers from across the state.
Winners were nominated by the individual organizations that they represent in the following five categories: Board Member of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Media Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.
“It’s exciting and very humbling. I don’t like to be recognized for the things I do,” said Paul DuPris, one of the two winners of the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Other award recipients that afternoon were: Eva Boyd and Lisa Freeman, who were both awarded the Caregiver of the Year Award, Joanne Hale, winner of the Board Member of the Year, Michelle Malo, winner of the Distinguished Service Award, Marnie Grumbach, winner of the Media Award, and Cathie Wallace, the second Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.
As of this year, November will be officially recognized as National Home Care & Hospice Month across the state of Maine. The proclamation, signed by Gov. Janet Mills, was established to pay respect to the individuals who commit their lives to provide high quality and compassionate health care services to the millions of Americans who are in need daily.