ORONO – Outstanding volunteers throughout the state gathered at the University of Maine to be presented with the 2019 Governor’s Awards.
It’s all part of the 33rd annual Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference. This is the first year that Volunteer Maine decided to have the award ceremony at the conference.
“These folks have done such amazing stuff. We wanted them to have a cheering section, in a sense, and a larger group of folks who appreciate what they do,” said Maryalice Crofton, the executive director for Volunteer Maine.
The awards celebrate and recognize the exemplary work of Maine’s most dedicated organizations, businesses and people.
Crofton said it’s not about who is the best in the state.
“But pulling up examples of the power of service. What people can really accomplish in the volunteer world,” she said.
There were five different awards offered, one being volunteer of the year.
Michael Wisecup of Windham is the recipient of that honor. He is a 20-year Navy SEAL Commander who volunteers his time at Camp Sunshine.
“In the military we travel so often, we’re abroad so often you really lose a sense of who you’re fighting for,” said Wisecup.
“Camp Sunshine offered me an opportunity to kind of anchor back in the community to do something that when I’m deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq I can remember,” he said.
Wisecup said winning the award is a reflection of all the volunteer service at the camp.
“I’m just lucky to be able to represent them,” Wisecup said.
Crofton said she hopes the ceremony will inspire others to get involved.
“It doesn’t mater who or what organization just reach out, extend a hand, help someone out and you’ll find your purpose that way,” Wisecup said.