Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

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Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Volunteer NH hosts the annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism as a professional development opportunity for volunteer managers, nonprofit employees, AmeriCorps members & staff, and corporate employees. Attendees leave this training experience with the tools to strengthen New Hampshire’s volunteer programs and organizations.

The conference typically occurs in May. Registration typically opens in March.

Governor’s Conference has traditionally been a one-day in-person conference. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated the conference to be entirely virtual for the past three years. As a result, conference sessions have been recorded and are available to the public for free.

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The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

Operating a volunteer program is no small feat. It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort, patience, perseverance, managerial skill, long-term vision, and a willingness to engage in continuous learning and improvement to keep the program operating successfully year after year.

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award was created by former Governor John Sununu to honor volunteer administrators and salute their excellence in the leadership and management of volunteers in New Hampshire.

The award is presented at the Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism each year. Nominations typically open in January and are reviewed by a team of past awardees.


Past Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Awardees

2023: Olivia Stanas, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire

2022: Ann Vennard, Cornerstone VNA

2021: Kathleen Stuart, NH Senior Companion Program

2020: Nicole Finitsis, Beacon Hospice Care

2019: Lisa Challender, Granite VNA

2018: Margo Cliche, Weeks Medical Center

2017: Linda Rioux, Humane Society for Greater Nashua

2016: Tanya Prather, Home, Health & Hopsice Care

2015: Nikki Lyons, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire

2014: Lauren Kochakian, Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center

2013: Charron Sundman, Littleton Regional Health Care

2012: Marcia Sink, CASA of New Hampshire

2011: Don Chesnel, New Hampshire Elks Association

2010: Nancy Evans, UNH Cooperative Extension

2009: Sister Denise Charest C.S.C, Nashua RSVP Program

2008: Lois Meredith, NH Highland Games

2007: Lawrence Barker, UNH Cooperative Extension

2006: Lynne Saltonstall, NH Association for the Blind [Future In Sight]

2005: Donna Wright, Elliot Hospital

2004: Andrea Young, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

2003: Dee Martin, NH Lung Association, Bedford

2002: James Doremus, The Friends Program