St. John Valley

Madawaska student earns award for helping others

MADAWASKA, Maine — Demont Associates, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Northern New England chapter, recently recognized Nicholas Poitras of Madawaska as the recipient of the AFP-NNE Demont Scholarship Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

In addition to being recognized this past November at AFP-NNE’s annual conference in Stowe, Vt., Poitras will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

Poitras, who lives in Madawaska with his mother, father, and little brother, first began fundraising through Madawaska Middle-High School’s “Jump Rope for Heart” program, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Having witnessed his family’s own health battles — his grandmother with heart problems and his father with cancer — Poitras took it upon himself to raise money for those in need and to instill compassion and togetherness in his rural community.

“Nicholas has always felt the importance of helping people in need. He demonstrates compassion and empathy to the fullest,” said Nicholas’ elementary school gym teacher and award nominator, Dan Cyr.

Over the past few years, Poitras has raised close to $10,000 for healthy hearts within his tight-knit community of 3,500. He was also awarded “Volunteer of the Year” in 2018 by the American Heart Association. He shows no signs of slowing down.

Robert Demont, President of Demont & Associates says, “We are delighted to recognize Nicholas’ efforts with this scholarship award. We know that there are many deserving kids doing inspirational work raising funds for many worthwhile programs in our region.”

The purpose of the scholarship is to foster greater interest among youth in the fundraising profession, said Demont.

“We know that there is no greater joy than to work in a field where you can make a lasting difference for good,” he said, “and we are ready to learn and grow from Nicholas’ example.”

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