Press Release 

For Release: November 21, 2012

Photo Available:  Download a photo of (left to right) Peter Bergh, chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Board of Directors; Pamela Laflamme, 2012 Next Gen Civic Leader Award recipient; and Barbara Couch, chair of New Hampshire Public Radio's Board of Trustees.

New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation present the 2012 Next Gen Civic Leadership Award

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire Public Radio and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation have presented their second annual Next Generation Civic Leadership Award to Pamela Laflamme of Gorham, N.H.

The award was presented at NHPR's Annual Meeting "The State of the Newsroom" by Barbara Couch, chair of the NHPR Board of Trustees, and Peter Bergh, chair of the foundation’s Board of Directors.

NHPR and the foundation have a mutual interest in encouraging the growth of future community leaders and the next generation of individuals who will foster social capital and lead a strong New Hampshire into a global world. To promote the importance of this next generation of civic leadership NHPR and the foundation have joined together to create the Next Gen Civic Leadership Award.
 
This prize honors an individual who, through their volunteerism, philanthropy, and/or community involvement demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening their community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations. In keeping with the missions of NHPR and the foundation, this up and coming civic leader is someone who values building bridges between diverse people and communities, engages in civil dialogue as a tool to explore a range of perspectives, and pursues lifelong education as a means to understanding community issues.

Pamela Laflamme is a recipient of a Kennedy School fellowship, was named one of the "40 Under 40" by the Union Leader, and received two distinguished awards from Business NH Magazine. She has served on the boards of the Coos County Family Health Services and the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, among others. She has a deep commitment to the health and well-being of New Hampshire's North Country and currently serves as Chair of the Local Grants Committee for the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund.

In her application Laflamme stated, "Living in an area that has a lot of need has really motivated me to figure out what interests me and follow those interests.  I hope that I am modeling to my children how important it is to give back and be an active part of the community." 

While her career in public service with the City of Berlin has shown her how much of an impact local government can have on citizens, her commitment and work on behalf of residents in the region goes well beyond her day job.

Information about the award and nominations for future years can be found at www.nhpr.org.

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About New Hampshire Public Radio
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from 13 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 185,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, as well as national and world news from NPR and the BBC.  NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State.

About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and corporations. It serves communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont and makes grants and student aid awards annually totaling about $30 million. The foundation is nonpartisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues. Based in Concord, the foundation roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards. More information is available at www.nhcf.org or by calling 603-225-6641.

For further information, please contact:
Kristen Oliveri, 603-225-6641 ext. 1267 or email

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