A Decade of Work Celebrated

BAR HARBOR — The nonprofit Healthy Acadia group celebrated 10 years’ worth of achievements the night of April 29 with live music, an awards show and dinner for 100 at St. Savior’s parish hall.

Speakers at the festive event included Mount Desert Island Hospital CEO Art Blank, Healthy Acadia board of directors chairman Barbara Hannon, community development expert Ron Beard and Healthy Acadia director Doug Michael.


“It was a wonderful celebration of community accomplishment, and we just feel so honored that people and organizations have rallied together to join in the effort of making it easier for people to lead healthier lives,” Mr. Michael said following the event.

Healthy Acadia presented five people with Community Health Champion awards.

Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele was honored for his work with the park in establishing smoke-free public environments, such as beaches, amphitheaters and bus shelters, while Joy O’Shaughnessy was awarded for her work in creating the Town Hill playground.

Linda Mailhot and Jan Carroll were honored for their work at Mount Desert Elementary School in enhancing healthy food choices, obtaining food locally and expanding children’s tastes for fruits and vegetables. Finally, Mr. Beard was honored for his work in supporting community-based and nonprofit efforts, and helping to develop collaborative solutions to address community needs.

“All have made some real, lasting changes that support community health,” Mr. Michael said.

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