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Distinguished Community Service Award

Release Date: 04/30/2014

John and Jackie Dalton received the Mid-Maine Chamber’s highest honor - the “Distinguished Community Service Award” at a Chamber awards event on April 29. John is Inland’s President/CEO and Jackie is Co-Executive Director of REM. Photo: Governor Paul LePage congratulates the Daltons for their award and service to the Waterville community.
 
Since coming to Maine in 2006, John and Jackie Dalton have whole-heartedly embraced the greater Waterville area and become involved in a wide variety of activities that help to strengthen, and enhance, the quality of life here. The scope of their collective community involvement is awe inspiring!
 
Jackie volunteers as Co-Executive Director of the Waterville-based REM, a volunteer network of citizens engaged in creating a community where people thrive. She is also Secretary of the Kennebec Messalonskee Trails Board of Directors, a member of the Waterville Main Street board, and the Friends of the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers (a past President!) Jackie and John are also involved in their church, through which Jackie participates in the Evening Sandwich Program.
 
One of Jackie’s favorite activities is the REM Award event, held each spring to honor the volunteers of local non-profit organizations. Jackie is also the force behind the “REM Directory” which is a valuable community resource that features non-profits and the important work they do.
 
As President and CEO of Inland Hospital and Senior Vice President of EMHS, John participates in community efforts where he feels he can make a difference. From improving the health of the community, to economic, educational, and cultural efforts – John enjoys playing an active part in making good things happen!  He is Vice-Chair of the Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation Board and Chair of the Central Maine Growth Council Board.  He also serves on the Waterville Opera House Board and the Waterville Development Corporation, and he is an active member of the Waterville Rotary.
 
One of John’s favorite activities has been contributing to the successful re-birth of the newly renovated Waterville Opera House.
 
And there are so many other community activities the Daltons support.  Whether it’s volunteering time at an Inland health event-like the Let’s Go Family Fun Series…or attending various Mid Maine Chamber functions such as the After Hours events or Meet the Reps… making a financial donation or supporting the events of groups such as Hardy Girls-Healthy Women, the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, the Alfond Youth Center, the Family Violence Project and the United Way of Mid Maine to name a few…John and Jackie are role models for good citizenship!
 
They met at freshman orientation at Tufts University in 1968. After Jackie earned her degree in mathematics and John in biology and civil engineering, they decided to tie the knot and start a family. This October they will celebrate 41wonderful years together!
 
This dynamic duo started getting involved in their community as a young couple.  Coaching soccer and Boy Scout and Girl Scout leadership and being good band parents were natural ways for them to be engaged in their children’s lives and in the community. The parents still beam with pride at their son’s Eagle Badge and their daughter’s Gold Award.
 
And the volunteering spirit was nurtured with their kids, who have made community involvement a part of their lives as well.

Their son, Andy, and daughter Abby both live in Massachusetts with their families.

With their children living out of state, John and Jackie say they have time to be involved in their community, and they enjoy it. “This is our home,” John says. “We are proud to be part of this wonderful community.”
 
Jackie adds, “Being involved in our community is a joy and a responsibility.” Both note the personal satisfaction they get out of helping to build a stronger community. While humbled and honored to receive this award, they hope to inspire others to do what they can to contribute to the vitality of the greater Waterville area.

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