May 5, 2017

Vital Communities celebrates annual Heroes & Leaders

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vital Communities will recognize 11 young leaders and their contributions to the Upper Valley at the sixth annual Heroes & Leaders Celebration on Wednesday, May 24, at the Quechee Club in Quechee. The annual dinner, which benefits the Leadership Upper Valley program of Vital Communities, honors community members who have made significant positive impacts in the region.

“The young leaders we’re honoring this year are passionate about building the Upper Valley community — and their accomplishments are truly inspiring,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts. “From addressing the region’s opiate epidemic, to bringing aquaponics into schools nationwide, to strengthening the local economy, these young leaders represent a range of approaches toward a common goal: community.”

This year’s Heroes & Leaders honorees are: Paul Coats, Lebanon Recreation & Parks; Noah Crane, Upper Valley Nighthawks; Elyse Crossman, Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce; Emily Donaldson, Cultivating Action; Sam Drazin, Changing Perspectives; Gordon Ehret, Hypertherm; Nicole LaBombard, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Dan McGee, Red River; Merritt Partridge, Tuck School of Business; Stephanie Thompson, Springfield Prevention Coalition; and Holly West, Friends of Mascoma Foundation.


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