Deaf Culture Week proclamation
Seven people will be honored with awards for their contributions to Deaf culture in the state
AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Governor Janet Mills has issued a proclamation designating Deaf Culture Week in Maine, beginning on Sunday. As an early kick-off, the Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened will hold its 29th annual Award Ceremony and Tea this Thursday, September 17th.
Seven people will be honored with awards for their contributions to Deaf culture in the state.
Award recipients are:
Karen Hopkins -- Clifton F. Rodgers Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary Jane “MJ” Grant -- Ginny Hewes Advocate for the Needs of the Deaf Community Award
Emily Blachly -- Special Commendation Award
Maria P. Jacques -- Special Recognition Award
Bryer McDougall -- Promoting ASL, Deaf Culture and Deaf People Award
Dave Bouchard -- Outstanding Citizenship Award
Kamron King -- Citizenship Youth Award
The event will happen virtually, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Even though its virtual, space is limited to 100 people. Email Nancy.A.Winter@maine.gov to reserve your spot.
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