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Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Back

Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Back


Breast cancer survivor and Cumberland Foreside resident, Laurie Hyndman, pays it forward.

“We are grateful for Laurie’s energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Center,” says Michele Johns, Executive Director of the Cancer Community Center (CCC) of Laurie’s recent appointment to the Center’s Board of Directors and ongoing support of the CCC.

“I walked out of my doctor’s office having just had the diagnosis confirmed. I had breast cancer,” says Hyndman. “I drove straight to the Cancer Community Center to sit down with my pal, Michele Johns. I hadn’t been there before, but I knew what the center did. Needless to say, I never ever thought I’d need the CCC’s services. Michele armed me with literature about breast cancer, shared the many program offerings that might help me on my journey and, most importantly, offered her love and support. What a difference that can make.

Portland Regional Chamber 2012 Annual Dinner and Community Leadership Awards

The Portland Regional Chamber will celebrate its 158th Annual Dinner and Community Leadership Awards, sponsored by MEMIC, on September 27, 2012. In its 158th year, the Chamber’s Annual Dinner attracts over 600 business and government executives each year. John Coleman from The VIA Agency will be the keynote speaker. Four winners of Community Leadership Awards will also be celebrated at the dinner.

"We are thrilled to recognize the winners of these distinguished awards," remarked Godfrey Wood, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber. "We thank the recipients for their longstanding commitment to the betterment of the Portland region."

The winner of this year’s Henri A. Benoit Award for Leadership in the Private Sector is SAPPI Fine Paper, located in Westbrook.

The Neal W. Allen Award, for Leadership in the Public Sector, will be presented to Senator Olympia Snowe.

For Economic Development, the Robert R.

Fall Science Cafés Held in Portland to Recognize 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

The University of Southern Maine and Cornerstones of Science, the science literacy initiative based in Brunswick, announce the first in a series of “Science Cafés” to be held at the Portland Public Library on the last Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. throughout the fall.

The “Science Cafés in the Atrium” will center on the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” the book credited with inspiring the environmental movement. The series will explore how far we have come since the book’s publication on September 20, 1962, and what challenges remain.

Philanthropy Friday: The Vote for Someone’s Dream Challenge

Philanthropy Friday: The Vote for Someone’s Dream Challenge

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

I’m doing things a bit differently for Philanthropy Friday today. I’m putting you up to a challenge.



Back in 2005, Chris Kuhn and his colleague and friend Dave Langdon were trying to come up with a name for a celebratory lobster bake and bike ride they planned to host.