One of the most important functions we can serve at the Maine Democratic Party is to recognize those people who are exceptional in their field. Whether it is public service, party activism, or volunteerism and grassroots support, the following three awards recognize outstanding contributions to the Democratic Party.
Sam Shapiro Award
In politics and policymaking, it is often qualities of loyalty and dedication – coupled with a steadfast sense of character and humor – that make all the difference. Dedicated in recognition to former Maine State Treasurer Samuel Shapiro, this award is presented biennially to a Democrat whose loyalty, dedication, and ebullience lifts up our people, and plays an important part in the success of our party.
Vivian Powell Award
Conferred in memory of the late Vivian Powell, this award is passed on to a volunteer whose commitment to the grassroots, “in-the-trenches” efforts of the Party marks a significant contribution to the life of our political process, and through it the success of our state.
John Walker Memorial Award
Throughout his life, John Walker represented the highest ideals, principles, and precepts of our party and this country. His consistent efforts towards finding common solutions to common problems – towards improving the lives of Maine people – united groups of individuals who, absent John’s vision, would be disparate. The Maine Democratic Party is proud to present the John Walker Award, in recognition of an individual whose vision and dedication leave a significant mark on his or her fellow citizens and the state as a whole.