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Former Waterville City Manager Roy to Receive Top Mid-Maine Chamber Award

Former Waterville City Manager Michael Roy, presented at City Hall in 2019, will receive the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. The chamber will hold its annual awards ceremony on Thursday. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentinel File

WATERVILLE – Michael Roy, who served as municipal manager of Waterville for 16 years, will receive the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor on Thursday at his 58th annual awards ceremony.

Roy, who retired at the end of 2020 but stayed with the city part-time until June to help with the city’s downtown revitalization project, will receive the chamber’s 2020 Distinguished Community Service Award. . The ceremony will take place at Enchanted Gables in Oakland.

The award is presented to an individual who meets several criteria, including demonstrating community leadership and being involved in improving the city for at least 10 years.

Nine companies and individuals will also be honored at the ceremony, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $ 55 per person and can be reserved at or by calling the room at 873-3315. All participants are required to wear masks.

Roy was Waterville’s first city manager, as the city’s leadership position prior to 2004 was that of city administrator. During his tenure, Roy saw the sale of the former CF Hathaway Co. building which was transformed into upscale offices, businesses and apartments overlooking the Kennebec River.

He helped secure ownership of what would become the Quarry Road Recreation Area and helped raise funds to develop the $ 1.5 million RiverWalk in Head of Falls. He also worked with partners, including Colby College, to launch the $ 11.2 million Downtown Revitalization Project and completed other projects including the City Hall renovation, Waterville Opera House and Waterville Public Library, as well as the construction of the Police Station and Trafton Road. exchange.

Roy said he was surprised to learn of the recognition of the room.

“When I look at the names of the people who have received it previously, I am very, very humble and honored to be in their company as well,” he said. “I am so happy to be a part of this company.

Roy said he believes people should get involved in a community, whether that is by serving on a board or committee or volunteering in some other capacity. Real heroes, he said, are those who do little things every day without expecting recognition or compensation.

“I think our form of government works best when people participate, even if it just means voting,” he said. “People need to get involved. They have to play a role.

Kimberly N. Lindlof, President and CEO of the chamber, said Roy’s faith in a regional approach to his working life and volunteering has been instrumental in advancing several initiatives.

“His collaborative efforts with First Park / Kennebec Regional Development Authority, High Hopes Clubhouse, Waterville Rotary, Central Maine Growth Council and Central Maine Youth Hockey, to name a few, have not only advanced Waterville and its residents, “she said,” but those from across the region. The Mid-Maine Chamber was delighted to select Mike for their highest honor and were delighted that he was nominated by more than one anybody.

Roy, a Colby graduate, supported a plan by the Alfond Youth & Community Center and Central Maine Youth Hockey to build an indoor community rink on town property on North Street. He is committed to continuing to help with the community rink effort after his retirement.

Roy has been involved for many years with Waterville Rotary, High Hopes, Youth Hockey Program, United Way of Mid-Maine, Friends of Quarry Road, Growth Council, Maine Municipal Association and Maine Development Foundation, among others. groups and organizations.

His municipal career began in Fairfield, where he was director of community development for seven years. He became Director of the City of Vassalboro in 1984 and Director of the City of Oakland in 1994. While in Oakland, he helped form FirstPark and the Kennebec Regional Development Authority, which developed the Offshore Technology Park. Kennedy Memorial Drive. He was also instrumental in the development of the Central Maine Growth Council.

Roy and his wife, Schari, have two daughters, Caroline and Molly, as well as two grandchildren.

The Distinguished Community Service Award is one of the many awards that will be presented on Thursday:


The 65-year-old New Dimensions Federal Credit Union, headed by CEO Ryan Poulin, last year built a state-of-the-art main office at 94 Silver Street in Waterville, where it employs 35 people. It has renovated its old location on Grove Street into an operations and call center that handles over 350 calls per day. The award is presented to a company with more than 50 employees who exemplifies the commitment to growth within the community through a workforce expansion or major renovation, and who have contributed to the overall well-being of the community. the community.


Selah Tea Cafe on Main Street in downtown Waterville was opened in 2011 by Rachel and Bobby McGee. The family business serves loose tea, specialty coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch options. The award is presented to a business with fewer than 50 employees who demonstrates a commitment to growth within the community through a workforce expansion or major renovation, and who has contributed to the overall well-being of the community. the community.


Jean Poulin was an accountant for the town of Vassalboro for 16 years before retiring on July 2. In addition to her bookkeeping responsibilities, she assisted at the front desk as needed. The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates leadership by supporting the positive direction of a municipality, surpasses himself in his mission or in the realization of projects, and demonstrates positive support for business initiatives.


Kristina Cannon is the Executive Director of Main Street Skowhegan, where she is the Central Strategic Projects Coordinator, manages and fundraising for the Run of River Whitewater Recreation Area, manages the Skowhegan Outdoors AmeriCorps program and leads efforts to increase business support and strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit of Skowhegan. efforts through a new initiative called Scale Up Skowhegan. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership and excellence in their profession and who gives back to the community.


Josh Hamel is Creative Director at Mix Maine Media, where over the past nine years he has shared his knowledge and experience with many local businesses, organizations, political candidates and nonprofits. He has designed, written and produced radio commercials for over 1,300 clients and made hundreds of audio recordings with local business people. The award is presented to someone who exemplifies pride in their work and demonstrates exceptional customer service, and is not a business owner or executive officer.


Lynn Fish, Becky Getchell and Diane Joseph were chosen for the award in honor of Elias A. Joseph for her dedication over 28 years of volunteer service to the Mid-Maine Chamber and for her professional accomplishments and selfless dedication to his community. He donated over 10,000 hours to the chamber.


Samantha Burdick works for the Hight Family of Dealerships where she has worked to improve the brand of her products, develop a social media program, coordinate with Bigelow Brewing on Hight’s Tin Can Sailor beer and help raise over $ 5,000 for various organizations, while strengthening a partnership with Saddleback Mountain. She is notably president of the Waterville Planning Board and president of the Waterville Sunrise Rotary Club. The award is presented to an individual under the age of 40 in a managerial or other managerial capacity who demonstrates a combination of business success and community involvement.


Scott McAdoo is President of Kennebec Messalonskee Trails, Co-Chair of the Central Maine Gleaners Group of the Healthy Northern Kennebec Coalition, sits on the July 4th Board of Directors, and volunteers for the Chamber’s Business to Business Showcase and Waterville Taste. He is secretary and founding member of the Waterville Community Land Trust, a member of the South End Neighborhood Association, and a volunteer at the Parade of Lights and Kringleville. The award is presented to an individual who volunteers with at least one chamber member organization and exemplifies service above self in support of the organization’s mission and the community.

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