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Mentor of the Year Award

2016 Mentor of Year James Smith being presented with his award by Cary Medical Center CEO Kris Doody and 2016 Gauvin Scholars Kaitlyn Parady, Meghan Everitt and Sarah Watt


Aroostook Aspirations Initiative recognizes the important role mentors play in the education and professional success of young people. A good mentor demonstrates empathy, encourages growth and guides students by shaping and inspiring them to become the future leaders of our region.

The Mentor of the Year award, which is presented by the Cary Medical Center, is given to an individual who has positively impacted the lives of Aroostook County students. Our Gauvin Scholars nominate community members, teachers, administrators, coaches, friends or family members whom they believe have developed meaningful relationships with the scholar, their peers and/or their community.

Business of the Year Award

Sandy Gauvin, President of Aroostook Aspirations presenting the 2016 Business of the Year award to Matt McHatten, COO of MMG Insurance


Business partnerships are essential to the impact of Aroostook Aspirations Initiatives. As donors, supporters and industry leaders, businesses enhance our work and shape our future. The Business of the Year Award recognizes a business that reflects the mission and values of Aroostook Aspirations Initiative through their support of our organization, their leadership in the community and through workforce development.

Do you have a business that you feel should be named Business of the Year? 

Innovator of the Year Award

Kristen Wells, Executive Director of AAI and Matt McHatten COO of MMG Insurance, presenting the 2016 Innovative Educator Award to Ellyn Whitten-Smith


Innovative education strategies are crucial to engaging students in their education and developing workforce skills. The Innovative Educator Award is presented by MMG Insurance to an educator in Aroostook County who utilizes innovative techniques in the classroom. This award recognizes educators that implement new programs, strategies, techniques and technology within their classroom in order to better serve and engage students.

Do you know an educator that should receive the 2017 Innovative Educator Award?

Road Back Home Award

Sandy Gauvin, President of Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, presenting Dana Connors, Maine State Chamber of Commerce President with the first annual Road Back Home Award


The Road Back Home Award has been created to honor county-born/raised individuals who demonstrate a deep sentiment for their roots. It recognizes those who are still connected in some way, who continue to make the county proud no matter where they live, who give back and whose actions demonstrate dedication and support for Aroostook. The purpose of this award is to express appreciation, honor loyalty, instill pride and promote the Aroostook County way of life in order to ensure its bright future.

Ray and Sandy Gauvin have established an endowed scholarship... This remarkable gift reflects their values and their belief that higher education is the gateway to a promising future. This effort represents the best of Maine and challenges all of us to try and make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. John Fitzsimmons

President Maine Community College System