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Looking for Inspiration?

by Molly O'Connell

October 25th is Make a Difference Day, and you couldn’t find a better role model than Maine philanthropist Maddy Corson.

There are certain people who act as sparks in their community, using their gifts, life experiences and passion for bringing people together for the common good. Maddy, retired chairman of the Maine media company Guy Gannett Communications, is one of those people.

Maddy_webMaddy’s work in the Maine  nonprofit community is deep and far-reaching, touching dozens of organizations with a wide variety of missions.  She brings “dedication, warmth and willingness to roll up her sleeves and has been described as a “hidden alchemist,” “ideal community leader,” and “a force.”

As I first began to learn about Maddy’s business accomplishments and community contributions, I was inspired, but intimidated: What a remarkable woman! I’m not that kind of person.

Maddy, however, believes deeply in the talents and contributions each one of us can bring and not only walks that talk in professional and community roles, but literally talks it whenever she has a chance. Her speeches are full of acknowledgements of the skills and insights of others, and the importance of working hard and using your unique voice.

“If I were to sum up how I may have made a difference…it would be this: I got up every day, I put one foot in front of the other, and step by step, I steadily moved forward into new areas and new challenges…We all have it within us to do the things we think we cannot do; just put one foot in front of the other and don’t look back.”

Maddy_canoe_webShe has also spoken about how she feels “privileged to work alongside people who carry deep convictions about the crucial need to educate and inform, to encourage and assist the less fortunate among us, and to improve the lives and well-being of our fellow human beings.”

We in turn feel privileged to work alongside Maddy and see her integrity, commitment, intelligence and enthusiasm for changing Maine for the better.

We are thrilled to join the chorus of those recognizing Maddy’s contributions by naming her MANP’s first Community Catalyst, and will be honoring her at our Community Catalyst Celebration on November 7th.

Don’t miss the chance to be inspired by Maddy first hand. Register today to join us for an event that will reflect her fun, community-minded spirit.

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