Norway Savings Bank officials (from left) Dan Walsh, President and CEO; Janice de Lima, VP and CRA Officer; Pat Weigel, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors; Lin Dehetre, VP and Market Manager of Auburn and Gray and Melissa Rock, VP and Marketing and Communications Officer present Elise Johansen (third from right), Executive Director of Safe Voices with the $10,000 Patricia Weigel Pay It Forward Award.

NORWAY — Norway Savings Bank is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Patricia Weigel Pay It Forward Award has been awarded to Safe Voices, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and empowering those affected by domestic violence, human sex trafficking, and sexual exploitation and engaging the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Oxford, and Franklin counties.

The Patricia Weigel Pay It Forward Award was created in December 2021 to honor then-CEO, Pat Weigel, who has been dedicated to community impact throughout her long career in banking. Weigel retired from the bank at the end of 2021, but remains connected as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Through a voting process, NSB’s 300 employees chose Safe Voices as the winner of the Award from the many dozens of organizations they volunteered for during the previous year.

“We are pleased and honored to have been considered alongside the many other worthy organizations that were also candidates for this award,” said Elise Johansen, Executive Director of Safe Voices. “Norway Savings is an important partner for us, not only in dollars donated, but also in terms of volunteerism and other forms of support.”

“I’m incredibly humbled to be part of such a meaningful award, and I’m especially proud of the Norway Savings Bank employees for their wisdom in recognizing these outstanding organizations,” said Weigel. “Safe Voices and last year’s Pay It Forward Award winner, Maine Children’s Cancer Program, are both truly impactful to large numbers of Maine residents.”

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