Deborah Hickey of Keene received one of the top four awards at the annual Granite State Ambassadors banquet at Murphy’s Taproom & Grille in Bedford, where more than 100 tourism volunteers were recognized for their efforts.
Hickey received the Judi Window — It’s Always Sunny in N.H. Award. The award honors the volunteer who best exemplifies an optimistic spirit, serving guests, even in difficult situations, with a smile and a positive outlook.
At the awards ceremony, she was recognized for enthusiastically promoting New Hampshire to young and old. Her playful persona and positive attitude influence everything she does — from helping kids stump their parents with New Hampshire trivia, to taking fun photographs at events. She also contributes blog posts for the NHGSA newsletter. And she fits the award criteria since she leaves everyone she meets feeling “sunnier.”
Other top awards went to Kathryn Segreti of Merrimack, who received the prestigious Granite State Ambassador of the Year award. The Hospitality from the Heart Award went to Ron Lai of Bedford, and the Service Award went to Brenda Urban of Manchester.
Granite State Ambassadors are volunteers, industry professionals, and residents of New Hampshire who have been trained and certified as N.H. information specialists. They can be found at visitor centers, special events, chambers and many other locations throughout the state. In their roles, ambassador volunteers strive to help every person they meet have the best New Hampshire experience possible.
In the past 12 months, 330 certified volunteers served 18,300 hours assisting guests at more than 40 welcome centers and events.