On June 30, 2015, about 150 people gathered to celebrate Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor's volunteers, paying special tribute to the late Robby Speirs after whom a volunteer award has been named. The inaugural recipient of this award, the Robinson Speirs Memorial Award, was Lin Lufkin. Angel Caron received the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Keri Alley spoke about her experience, having recently celebrated the one-year anniversary since becoming a Habitat homeowner. She told a story about the unexpected joy of community. Her son underwent surgery over the winter, and, afterwards, Keri drove him home in a blizzard. When they arrived at their Bangor home, they found their neighbors had shoveled their long driveway.
Reverend Jim Haddix spoke movingly about Robby Speirs; Robby's widow Betty Speirs and many of their relatives were in attendance. Robinson "Robby" Speirs served on the Board of Directors during the organization’s early days, overseeing the construction of homes. He effectively worked full-time for the organization as a volunteer, serving in his official role as treasurer of the Board, while also leading fundraising, construction, and volunteer management functions as well.
Lin Lufkin, a retired vice president and project manager from Nickerson & O’Day, has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor on and off since 2001, overseeing and managing construction on the three Habitat homes built since 2010. Lufkin has served on the Board of Directors since 2010, chairs the Building Site and Construction committee, evaluates a majority of the repair projects completed via the affiliate’s A Brush With Kindness program, works closely with partner families to develop and finalize floor plans, and reaches out to businesses in the community to garner financial and in-kind donations to support Habitat’s work.
Angel Caron, a partner at Loiselle, Goodwin & Hinds, has recently become involved with the organization and this year volunteered more than 200 hours to strengthen the affiliate’s accounting procedures. She has provided critical support to the Finance Committee, of which she is a member, to restructure the procedures that directly impact the organization’s ability to more effectively manage its finances.
The event sponsor, Nickerson & O'Day, contributed generously to make this event possible.