WATERVILLE — The community is invited to the REM Partner Community Volunteer Awards Ceremony set for 1—3 p.m. Sunday at the Waterville Opera House. The awards are a local expression of the organizations awareness of the importance and appreciation of those who give their free their time and talent.

Premiered at the ceremony will be the REM Partner Community Directory 2014. All who attend will receive a free Directory. This publication tells about each of the REM Partner organizations and about the 2014 honorees. It also features the local Community Conscious Businesses who support the work of the REM Partners. The organization encourages the community to shop here first when looking for goods and services. Volunteers work to keep the Directory in waiting rooms across our community to optimize its exposure.

Fifty-seven REM Partner organizations will gather to celebrate exemplary volunteers from ten REM Partner organizations. Volunteer artists will give of their time and talents to help the community salute their honorees. Shannon Thurston and Tyler Richardson will sing. Leaps and Bounds, a gymnastic group, will entertai. Emcee Evan Sposato will lead the community in this tribute.

REM will host a reception following the celebration in REM Forum at The Center. All who attend are invited to meet the honorees and enjoy the food and drink.

REM Award honorees for 2014 are: David Perry — Alfond Youth Center; American Lung Association — Ed Miller Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area — Florence Donovan; Ammie Breton — Inland Hospital; Shasta Pelotte — Kennebec Montessori School; Destiny Demo, Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers; MaineGeneral Medical Center — Suzanne Baker and Elizabeth Whittier on behalf of all their volunteers; Jake Smith and Nancy Wilson — Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter ; Nancy Day Clark — REM; Sue Sinclair — Ripple Effect Project and Ryan Poirier — Special REM Award. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call 873-4444.

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