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Lavoie honored with Remember ME award for lifetime of community service

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Maine Health Care Association recently presented Martin Lavoie of Madawaska with a Remember ME award for his community service and involvement. 

The MHCA presents the award to “pioneering, innovative and interesting residents living in Maine’s long term care facilities,” according to the organization’s website.

Staff at Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska nominated Lavoie, whose story was reviewed by a panel at MHCA before his selection for the award.

“They consider the resident’s personal story, and how they overcame adversity,” said Paula Gendreau, activity and event coordinator for the residential care facility.

Lavoie was the original owner of Martin’s Motel and was one of the first members of the Maine Army National Guard, according to Gendreau. She added that in 1973, Lavoie became the deputy director of the state Bureau of Civil Defense, when he checked the borders and made sure that bomb shelters were stocked with supplies and ready to use if necessary.

Mike Lavoie, Martin Lavoie’s son, accepted the award on his father’s behalf during a ceremony in April in Augusta.

Each health care facility in Maine has the ability to nominate one resident for the award.

Gendreau said that all of the staffers at Ridgewood Estates nominated Lavoie in a joint effort.

“He’s done so much community service,” she said, “we thought he’d be a good candidate.”

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