On the evening of October 19, 2023, Maureen Kahill Brown, a dedicated community servant and esteemed educator, was bestowed with the prestigious Community Citizen Award by the Bomoseen Valley Grange. This accolade recognizes Maureen’s unwavering commitment to the betterment of the Poultney community and her tireless efforts in the fields of education and community service.
Maureen Kahill Brown has been a cornerstone of the Poultney community, embodying the spirit of selflessness and community engagement. Her extensive history of community service spans decades and includes a remarkable array of roles, showcasing her passion for making a difference in the lives of those around her. Maureen’s notable contributions include:
- Life Member of the Poultney Rescue Squad: Maureen has demonstrated her dedication to the well-being of the community by serving as a life member of the Poultney Rescue Squad, where she has played a vital role in ensuring the safety and health of local residents.
- Past Chair of the Poultney Elementary School PTO: Maureen’s leadership within the PTO has left a lasting impact on the school, fostering a nurturing environment that supports the education and development of young students.
- Past Co-Chair of the Poultney Community League: Her commitment to community unity shines through her co-chairing of the Poultney Community League, bringing people together to work towards common goals and celebrate the local spirit.
- Volunteer for Golden Huggs Dog Rescue: Maureen’s love for animals is evident through her volunteer work with Golden Huggs Dog Rescue, where she has been instrumental in finding forever homes for dogs in need.
- Volunteer Yearbook Coordinator: Her efforts as the volunteer yearbook coordinator for Poultney Elementary School have captured the memories and achievements of students for many years, preserving their experiences for posterity.
- Co-Chair of Dr. Seuss Week: Maureen’s dedication to inspiring a love for reading in children has been evident through her role as co-chair of Dr. Seuss Week, where she has fostered a lifelong appreciation for literature.
- American Cancer Society Maureen has worked for years quietly behind the scenes in the county helping to raise money to help fund research.
Maureen has also been an educator at Poultney Elementary School since 1993, dedicating herself to her students with a passion and care that goes beyond the call of duty. The nomination that led to her receiving the Community Citizen Award emphasized her extraordinary commitment to her students:
“Maureen makes sure students who are in need of clothing, food, or extra time are given it. She will spend whatever time is needed before and after school, well beyond her contracted time, to make sure the students who have forgotten that they can be successful are a success.”
In a world where community service is often undervalued, Maureen Kahill Brown stands as a shining example of what it truly means to be a dedicated, selfless, and compassionate community citizen. Her unrelenting commitment to the betterment of Poultney and the lives of its residents is a testament to her character, and the Bomoseen Valley Grange is proud to recognize her with this esteemed award.
The Community Citizen Award is a well-deserved honor, and the Poultney community is undoubtedly a better place because of Maureen Kahill Brown’s extraordinary contributions.
About the Bomoseen Valley Grange: The Bomoseen Valley Grange is a community organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the quality of life in the Poultney region. The organization recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the community through their outstanding commitment and service.