September 9, 2015 – At the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner, our General Manager Tina Hewett-Gordon was honored with the Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award.
“This award honors an individual who serves their business community with distinction and who, over a number of years, has contributed significantly to the overall good of business and the betterment of the communities the Chamber serves.”
Tina was completely surprised and touched. She said the award is personal for her because Joel Stevens was a mentor of hers and she coordinated he and his wife Betsy’s wedding years ago. Joel has since passed, but the spirit of community service lives on, and Tina said she is so glad to live and work in such a great community. The Nonantum has a proud tradition of giving back, and Tina has dedicated much of her time and energy over the years to working with the Chamber, and spearheading the Christmas tree decorations during Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude celebrations, and volunteering with the Maine Restaurant Association and various boards.
“I can think of no one more deserving than Tina Hewett-Gordon for the Joel Stevens award,” said Laura Dolce, Executive Director of the Chamber. “Tina has always embodied the true spirit of community service, not just at work, but in how she lives her life. It was wonderful to see her get the recognition she never seeks but so richly deserves.”
Blake Baldwin of Video Creations in Kennebunk, a past award recipient who is on the nominating committee, said “There’s a real humbling feeling when you receive this award. You think – I’m going to sure try to live up to the ideals that Joel Stevens created and fostered in this community, to get out in the community and do good things for the people that live around here. With the work that Tina has done in the community – nobody asks her, she just volunteers to do project after project. We all know how tirelessly she works. And it’s like a recognition of the entire Nonantum team that all supports her in what she does.”