Youth Mentor John Duval Wins Spirit of NH Volunteer Service Award (Nov 2013)

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(Pictured above L-R) Gretchen Berger-Wabuti Executive Director of Volunteer NH, Chief John Duval,
and Dick McIntyre Volunteer NH Immediate Past Chair

Recently-retired Concord Police Chief John Duval is the kind of volunteer any agency would be proud to have in its midst. The good news is that many agencies do. He extends himself to give directly, not in kind, but in person, to those in need. The Friends Program is honored that one of its own is the recipent of the Spirit of NH Volunteer Service Award.

As a Youth Mentor with the Friends Program in Concord, Duval infuses many hours of quality time and attention into the life of his Junior Friend. That is a remarkable gift. It is more than a kind gesture as he supports his Junior Friend in remarkable, memorable, and lasting ways. In spite of numerous honors and awards this gentleman has been decorated with, when asked what accomplishment in life he is most proud of, he states it is this mentorship. He knows first-hand how important a good mentor is to a child, having himself benefited from important adults and the opportunities they provided along the way.

After careful consideration, we felt strongly that John is the one deserved of this volunteer recognition. Volunteer NH clearly felt the same in recognizing him for service in the Greater Concord area. John was presented with his Spirit of NH Volunteer Service Award on November 14, 2013 at the Capital Center for the Arts.