LRCS 2019 Annual Celebration ‘Strong Families, Strong Communities’

Supporters, partners, employees and participants in LRCS programs and services gathered at the Beane Conference Center in Laconia to appreciate the LRCS Family Resource Center of Central NH (FRC-CNH) and its growing impact on families and children in the Lakes Region.

Keynote speaker, Christine Santaniello, Director of the Division of Housing and Economic Stability for the NH Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke about the importance of ‘social determinants of health’ on individuals and families, and outlined HHS’s commitment to leadership and a holistic approach to the integration of supports and services to build better outcomes for children, families and adults in NH. Rebecca Bryant, LRCS President and CEO, spoke about LRCS being at the center of the Lakes Region, offering many supports and services and standing side-by-side with our amazing community partners. “There is ‘no wrong door’ for people who reach out to LRCS, if we can’t help them, we have community partners with resources who are willing to accept a warm handoff. Together we wrap our arms around the Lakes Region.”

2019 Community Partner Awards – This year’s community partner awards were presented to individuals and organizations for outstanding support of the LRCS Family Resource Center mission of strengthening families:

Collaboration Hero: Marti Ilg, Director Lakes Region Childcare Services – recognized for her passionate support of early childhood and children and families in the Lakes Region. Presenting the award, Erin Pettengill, VP of the FRC, commented, “Marti is a huge advocate for the FRC and key partner in expanding our partnerships, programs and services.”

Marti Ilg accepts the FRC Collaboration Hero Award at the LRCS Annual Celebration.

Supporter/Funder: Tom and Liz Kelsey and the Linden Foundation – Lakes Region Residents Tom and Liz Kelsey and the Linden Foundation have funded Parent Education programs since 2010, providing resources for the programs to grow and evolve and removing barriers to participation.

Lena Nirk accepts the Community Partner Award on behalf of Navigation Recovery of the Lakes Region.

Community Partner/Advocate: Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region– Navigating Recovery has been an invaluable partner in helping the Parent Education program expand programs that help parents and families struggling while in recovery from Substance Use Disorder.

LRCS Employee Longevity and Mission Awards: The dedication and commitment of the LRCS workforce was recognized as 28 LRCS employees and Shared Family Living providers reach milestone employment anniversaries this year ranging from 10 – 25 years of service.

In addition, Melanie Mardin, a Resource Coordinator with 24 years of service in our Plymouth Office, received the LRCS Employee Mission Award for her extraordinary dedication to connecting individuals with disabilities and their families to their community and assuring a quality of life.

LRCS annual Celebration

Peg Selig, VP of the LRCS Board presents the Employee Mission Award to LRCS Resource Coordinator, Melanie Mardin