Vennard Recognized as Volunteer Manager of the Year

Vennard Recognized as Volunteer Manager of the Year


Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, is pleased to announce that Ann Vennard, Assistant Director of Advancement, was recognized as the 2022 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year during the annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism on May 10th.


Participants of this 3-day virtual conference, which was attended by nearly 300 individuals from New Hampshire and across the country, received a warm welcome from Governor John Sununu, who also announced the Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year. “The work done by Ann exemplifies the very best of NH – going out of one’s way to care for others and provide a helping hand to those in our communities,” said Governor Sununu. “I could not be more proud to present Ann with [this award].”


Gretchen Stallings, Executive Director of Volunteer NH adds, “Ann’s dedication to the volunteers she supports is truly admirable. Volunteers are the backbone of so many wonderful organizations, including Cornerstone VNA, and they all deserve the special care that Ann pours into her program every day.”


Ann has been a volunteer manager at Cornerstone VNA for the past 6 years and has worked to build a comprehensive volunteer program that engages a variety of community members, from youth to older adults, as well as pet companion volunteers. According to Erika Lee, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA, “Ann has done a tremendous job growing our volunteer program opportunities and making sure our volunteers have a successful and meaningful experience. I was proud to nominate her for this award and thrilled that she was honored as this year’s award recipient.”


Cornerstone VNA’s vibrant volunteer team is comprised of Companions, NH Senior Companions, Balance Coaches, Hospice, Music, Office, Pet Peace of Mind and Caregiver Café Facilitator volunteers. To learn more about volunteering at Cornerstone VNA, call 800-691-1133 x1109 or visit


Cornerstone VNA currently serves Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care. For 109 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.

Apple Blossom Arts & Crafts Fair

Kensington – Spring brings sunny days, picnics, graduations, birthdays, and weddings.  Looking for the perfect gift? Come see what’s offered by local artisans, crafters and bakers at the Apple Blossom Arts & Crafts Fair, Saturday, May 21, from 9am-3pm at Kensington Congregational Church, 108 Amesbury Rd. in Kensington, NH. Breakfast and luncheon fare available at the “Apple Blossom Cafe”, plus a perennial flower sale, and you can take a chance on the apple blossom take-a-chance tree – you might be the lucky one to pick a $100 Walmart gift certificate. Tables will be both inside and out.  Tickets for free horse and carriage rides and an antique carriage display will also be available. In conjunction with the fair there will be a food and staples drive to help those in need in our community if you’d like to contribute.

Attention Crafters and Artisans:  There are still some tables available.  Contact the church at 603-772-5821 or email, for more information.

The Field of Honor, 550 flags

The Field of Honor, 550 flags putting heroism on display at Rochester Common will open on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 9am thru Tuesday morning, May 31, 2022. Each night at 7pm a bugler will play taps to commemorate members of all branches of the armed forces. A Memorial Day Ceremony with guest speakers will take place on Monday, May 30th beginning at 11am. All net proceeds help to fund Vouchers for Veterans.

Weston Gallery Exhibit

This month the Lane Memorial Library displays Hampton artist Peg Duffin in the Weston Gallery. This exhibit is on display for the month of May with a collection of watercolors. Peg has been a member of the Seacoast Art Association for over 20 years and is a founding member of the newly established Hampton Art Network.

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