AUGUSTA – John Seilonen, a Waterford resident and Market Square Health Care Center volunteer, was recently awarded a Governor’s Honorable Mention Award as part of “Maine’s 100,” a special ceremony honoring volunteerism in Augusta.

Gov. John Baldacci presented the awards in partnership with the Maine Volunteer Connection and the Maine Commission for Community Service.

Seilonen was nominated by Lynne Whitney, Market Square’s certified therapeutic recreational specialist, for lending his time and painting instruction skills to the center’s residents.

A talented self-taught painter, Seilonen has been instructing a group of Market Square residents in weekly oil painting classes for more than a year and a half. His group consists of painters of all skill levels who enjoy the instruction and his friendly banter.

When asked his advice on a successful volunteer experience, Seilonen noted a love for helping others as key. He described his long history of helping the elderly, both as a youngster and as an adult, including his previous experiences volunteering at Norway Rehabilitation.

“Maine’s 100” was created to recognize people who have taken the extra time to make a difference in their community.

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