Maryann Hartman Awards - 2011 Award Winners
Constance Carter is the founder and director of Operation Breaking Stereotypes (OBS), an organization which brings together Maine students with their diverse counterparts from New York City, Boston, and different schools in Maine. This project radically alters students’ perceptions of other races and cultures. During the past year, Connie developed a new curriculum for OBS, one that addresses the importance of being a good digital citizen. A documentary film about Connie’s program, “Welcome to My World,” is currently being played at film festivals across the country. Connie also is a founding member of the nonprofit organization Stillwater Community Arts, whose mission is to stimulate, advance, and sustain the visual and performing arts in Orono, Old Town, and neighboring communities. In her nominator’s words, Connie is “one of the most contributive, energetic and dedicated women in our community.”
Sue Davies retired last June from her position as Jonathan Fisher Professor of Christian Education at Bangor Theological Seminary. Sue says of her philosophy: “I have striven always to use whatever positions of relative authority or power I’ve had to co-create, pry open if necessary, places for people who have been structurally marginalized, for their voice and their purposes.” Sue became the first woman minister at the Union Congregational Church in Hancock, Maine in 1977. While at the Bangor Theological Seminary, she opened the curriculum to classes on gender, race, class, feminist theology, and feminist ethics. She also worked with churches to move the gay community from the margins to the center, despite resistance from some church members. In addition to all of this, for the past 20 years she has continuously met with a support group of women who are sexual abuse survivors and live with a variety of personal challenges.
Dora Anne Mills
Dora Anne Mills has dedicated her life to the issue of public health in Maine. Prior to assuming her position in 1996 as director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dora practiced pediatrics in Tanzania, Los Angeles, and Farmington, Maine. Her experiences abroad had a profound influence on her, and she was able to incorporate much of her new knowledge into her practice in the U.S. In her words, “traveling is such a great teacher.” As Maine’s CDC Director for 15 years, she was recognized for, among other things, reducing Maine’s rates of tobacco use, teen pregnancy and childhood obesity. Dora currently is the Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the University of New England. Dora says about her career, “I am truly blessed–I feel passionate about my work, and in turn my work feeds that passion.”
Winner of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award
Sarah was one of the founding members of Looking Out for Teens (LOFT), which educates students about the dangers of alcohol, drug and tobacco use. In addition to LOFT, Sarah has been involved in many walks to raise awareness for cancer, multiple sclerosis and juvenile diabetes. She has also worked on a safety education project to educate teens about seat belt use, Internet safety and abuse, and the dangers of texting and driving. It was noted by Sarah’s nominator that she is more the type to perform small acts of kindness, rather than be a part of formal groups. She does things quietly, such as sending care packages to troops, donating to the local food pantry, and shoveling for elderly neighbors. She is the type of person who rarely seeks recognition for her acts of kindness. Sarah is currently a first-year student at UMaine.