Thursday, June 26, 2014
Paula Gaskin was presented with the Dr. John Elliott Community Service Award for employees of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital at the NVRH Recognition Dinner on June 26. Gaskin is the Practice Manager for Corner Medical in Lyndon.
Dr. John Elliott joined what is now Corner Medical in Lyndon in the 1970’s. Dr. Elliott passed away unexpectedly in 2008. This award was created by employees at NVRH in his memory to recognize a current employee who exemplifies Dr. Elliott’s quiet dedication to community. “This award is especially meaningful to all of us who knew and worked with Dr. Elliott,” said Paul Bengtson, CEO at NVRH.
Angela Williamson, a past recipient of the award, spoke of Gaskin’s special relationship with Dr. Elliott. “Dr. Elliott would be humbled by this award in his honor and this year would be very special because Paula holds a special place in his heart.”
The Dr. John Elliott award rewards employees of the hospital for their volunteer and community work outside of their normal job responsibilities. Like Dr. Elliott, Gaskin has a long history of quiet service to the community. When presenting the award, Dr. Joyce Dobbertin listed Gaskin’s long list of service including serving as a trustee for the Cobleigh Public Library, on the Lyndon Institute Alumni Board, leading a Relay for Life team, and fundraising for numerous organizations like the March of Dimes.
The Dr. John Elliott Community Service Award is rewarded annually. Past winners were Linda Garey, Donna Racine, Ramona Letourneau, Angela Williamson, and Barbara Byrne.