NHADACA Awards are presented annually at the NHADACA Annual Meeting (the 3rd Friday of November).  The award recipients are nominated by the NHADACA membership and selected within the following criteria.

Counselor of the Year Award:  The Counselor of the Year is a current, active member of NHADACA employed as an addiction counseling professional for not less than three years.  This person works with clients/patients for a sustained period with individual or group contact to foster recovery from addictive disorders.  This person demonstrates to the satisfaction of his/her peers, full compliance and support of the NAADAC Code of Ethics.  Additionally, the following areas of competence and skill should be used to identify candidates for this award. The recipient demonstrates outstanding performance in some or all of the following competence areas:  assessment, treatment planning, case management, communications, administrative skills, individual/group/family counseling, referral, professional relationships and professional integrity.

Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award:  The recipient of this award has a minimum of 15 years in the addiction counseling profession or administration. This person is making or has made a sustained and significant contribution to the advancement of addiction counseling.

Lifetime Advocacy Award:  The recipient of this award has worked a minimum of 15 years in the addiction counseling profession or administrationHe/She possesses a strong dedication to the addiction profession as demonstrated by his/her involvement in, and commitment to, a variety of key organizations.

Legislative Advocacy Award:  The recipient of this award is currently a member in good standing of the Association and has demonstrated ongoing advocacy for issues related to the profession and or the public who may benefit from the services of the professional addiction counselor. This work may be related to protecting the rights of the client, advocating for improved access to treatment or establishing public standards of care.  He/She has kept the members of the association informed on current legislative events as well as led the association in establishing a public voice in appropriate issues of concern.

Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award:  This award is made to a NH legislator or Policymaker who has made a visible or measurable contribution to support the workforce development of the addiction profession or has supported the public’s need for prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services through advocacy.

President’s Award:  The President’s Award is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of an individual or group to the addiction profession.  It is presented to an individual, institution, or corporation in recognition of a long and continued commitment. It reflects the Association’s appreciation for their support of the addiction profession.  The recipient is identified by the President with the Executive Committee confirming the selection. There is no requirement to present this award each year and no limit to the number of recipients in a given year.  Unlike other awards, this award is given at the discretion of the President, who determines the purpose and requirements of the award. It is recommended that it be given based on achieved merits as they apply to the support or professional development of the recipient and his/her contributions to the addiction profession.

NHADACA AWARD RECIPIENTS

2015

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Nancy Nemcovich
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Constance McGraw
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Meredith Hamel
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Molly Kelly
  • President’s Awards – Abby Shockley

2014

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Barry Timmerman
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Elaine Davis
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Annette Escalante
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Charles Bussison
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Rep. Bill Butinsky
  • President’s Awards – Merwyn McTague

2013

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Reggie Champigny
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award- David Parisi
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Jacqui Abikoff
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Peter DalPra
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Governor Hassan
  • President’s Award – Jacqui Abikoff

2012

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Corey Gately
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award –  Amy Pepin
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award –  Susan Latham
  • Legislative Advocacy Award –  Peter DalPra
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award –  Sharon Carson, District 14
  • President’s Award –  Mary Dube and Rosemary Shannon

2011

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Fred Daggett
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Suzann Caldon
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Joseph Kilcullen
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Charlotte Houde Quimby
  • President’s Award – Lisa Peakes

2010

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Dawn Tonkin
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Dianne Pepin
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Lindy Keller
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Jacqui Abikoff
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Carol Shea-Porter
  • President’s Award – Denise Devlin

2009

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Bob Dorley
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Lindsay Freese and posthumously to  Steve Kenny
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Peter DalPra
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Jacqui Abikoff
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Laurie Harding
  • President’s Award – Tricia Lucas

2008

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Paula Briggs
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Charles Bussison
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Patricia Dutton
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Faces and Voices of Recovery
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Ricia McMahon
  • President’s Award – Suzann Caldon

2007

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Pat Tucker
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Rosemary Shannon
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Peter DalPra
  • Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award – Suzanne Harvey
  • President’s Award – Lindsay Freese and Dianne Pepin

2006

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Tim Comings
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Pat Dutton and Jacqui Abikoff
  • Lifetime Advocacy Award – Denise Devlin
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Jacqui Abikoff
  • President’s Award – Raymond McGarty

2005

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Janice Watson
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award –  Dan Lennon and Estelle Accalia
  • Legislator Special Friends of Recovery Award – Kathleen Taylor
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Peter Petulla
  • President’s Award to Barry Timmerman

2004

  • Counselor of the Year Award- Kathleen Dumont
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Mary Dube and posthumously to William Lovett
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Mayor Bob Baines and Jacqui Abikoff

2003

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Joseph Kilcullen
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Thomas Kenney
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Dover Youth to Youth
  • President’s Award – Amelie Gooding

2002

  • Counselor of the Year Award – John Colby
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Michael Torch
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Jon Hunt, Martha Fuller Clark and FOR-NH

 

2001

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Lynne Towle
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – David Parisi and Peter Swenson
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Rep Kathleen Taylor, Sen. Katie Wheeler and Sen. Lou D’Allesandro
  • President’s Award – Merwyn McTague

 2000

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Melanie Otis
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – John Ciaramella
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Rep. William Leber and Sen. Ned Gordon
  • President’s Award – Don Boucher

 1999

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Regis Lemire
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Regis McNulty
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Bill Butynski
  • President’s Award – Tom Kinney

1998

  • Counselor of the Year Award – Janice Manwaring
  • Thomas McTague Lifetime Achievement Award – Marcel Duclos
  • Legislative Advocacy Award – Senator Judd Gregg
  • President’s Award – Laurel Buccino

 

 

Information on file is incomplete prior to 1998. If you, or someone you know, received an award between 1986 and 1998, please let us know so that we may officially acknowledge it.