REM Award Honorees (2017) — Brian Watson and David Libby (Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter)

We are delighted to honor Brian Watson and David Libby at this year’s REM Community Awards Ceremony. Both of our selected recipients have given of themselves selflessly to better their community in many different ways. It is our pleasure and desire to thank them for what they have done for not only the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter but, what they have each done for our community.

Brian Watson is unfailingly friendly, thoughtful, bright, knowledgeable, and extremely conscientious. Any job that Brian undertakes will be done thoroughly and well. It has always been a pleasure to work with him, although truth be told, Brian usually and willingly takes on most of work himself!

Brian was instrumental in the development of the 2nd floor project, YES Youth Empowerment Supports. His leadership and guidance kept the project moving along in the right direction, completed the project under budget and before the deadline. Brian’s tireless work made it possible that in March we were able to begin moving youth and young adults into this permanent supported housing for young adults 18 to 24.

Currently as manager of the Cianbro Institute, Brian is responsible for leading the companies’ workforce development efforts. Brian is actively involved in his community as a member of his church council and sits on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. He also was appointed by Maine’s Governor to serve on the Maine Apprenticeship Council and participates in an advisory capacity to several technical high schools and school boards. He and his wife Andrea celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary last summer and have two children.

David Libby is a very hard worker that cares about other people more than himself. David worked for Scott Paper for 30 years and retired from Huhtamaki after 15 years. He was recognized for his dedication on multiple occasions.

Currently in “retirement” he fills his days helping others. David uses his woodworking talents to make many projects to donate to local nonprofits to help in their fundraising efforts and volunteers by being the go-to guy when small repairs are needed. Organizations like Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, Hospice, the Muskie Center, United Way of Mid-Maine are just a few of the organizations that benefit from his time and talent.

This is above and beyond the many projects that he has donated to fundraisers held at work to help fellow workers out with a sickness. David has coffee every morning with an older gentleman who he considers a second father and helps him out with a lot of projects around the house. David’s heart is BIG and we appreciate all that he has done for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter as a volunteer.

David was married to Susan for over 30 years. He has two sons, Lance and Ramen and two grandchildren, Ava and Lydia.

To learn more about the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, please visit its website.

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