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Paul Armstrong of Palermo, the current AARP Maine advocacy volunteer lead, is the winner of the the Steadfast Advocate Award, which celebrates an individual volunteer’s efforts to support the AARP Maine mission.

Armstrong, a member of the AARP Network of Age-friendly States and Communities, was recognized for continually demonstrating his steadfast commitment to the betterment of the lives of older Mainers, according to a news release from Jane Margesson, communications director with Portland-based AARP Maine.

“For over eight years, Paul has played an important role in AARP Maine’s volunteer efforts,” said Noël Bonam, AARP Maine state director. “He is a long-term champion volunteer who has persevered through challenges to serve as a resilient advocate for older Mainers. He is highly respected among his peers, in great part because he never hesitates to offer support and leadership to help others succeed, and he does so with a smile.”

Armstrong has signed dozens of letters to the editor in all major Maine news publications. He is a regular at AARP Maine’s weekly volunteer advocacy meeting and has helped recruit additional volunteers.

During the legislative session, he frequently testifies on behalf of Mainers 50-plus before the Maine State Legislature on important matters such as fair prescription drug prices, affordable housing, utility costs and access to affordable high-speed internet.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award, although I don’t feel I go above or beyond what other volunteer advocates do,” said Armstrong. “The work isn’t really work to me and the end results are very gratifying.”

 

 

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