Berlin woman gets award

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BERLIN, N.H. – The Coos County Family Health Services board of directors has announced that Dona Larsen has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Sylvia Evans Citizenship Award. This award is presented annually to a woman in the community who has made an outstanding contribution to the well being of women and families in the North Country.

Larsen, of Berlin, works as a paralegal for New Hampshire Legal Aid. In her letter of nomination, Sue Godin stated, “Dona and Marie Hawkinson (1999 Sylvia Evans Citizenship Award recipient) were on the Bread and Law Task Force, which was somewhat of a watchdog group dealing with the state administration of food stamps for needy individuals. Dona was also involved with the Domestic Violence Law. She was active with the statewide committee and very involved in the development of the Domestic Violence Task Force, parent of RESPONSE.”

Larsen has been involved with the senior issues through Coos County Committee on Aging, North Country Senior Action Committee, of which she has been president for the last few years, and Service Link.

A Berlin native, she is a longtime volunteer and active with the Northern Forest Heritage Park development and activities. In keeping with her Norwegian heritage, she has organized with her son, Chris, the Syttende Mai Day for the last 14 years to share and promote the Norwegian/Scandinavian culture and its role in the Berlin community and North Country.

Larsen will receive her award on Thursday, June 29, at the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Cook House. The public is invited to attend. RSVP to CCFHS at 752-3669, ext. 4014, by June 16.

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