Peg Davies and Marcel Noyes are Hubbard County’s 2021 Outstanding Seniors.
They were honored – along with other senior volunteers – at a luncheon sponsored by the Hubbard County Senior Council Friday, July 16 at the county fairgrounds.
Davies and Noyes will go on to compete for statewide outstanding senior awards at the Minnesota State Fair.
Many service organization depend upon volunteers to operate, said Connie Carmichael, executive director of Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area (LAH).
“It’s extremely humbling to look at our statistics,” she continued. LAH, for example, serves between 200 and 300 seniors per year, multiple times, with 43 volunteer drivers traveling 29,905 miles.
Lisa Mistic from MAHUBE said their Retired Senior Volunteer Program has 170 participants in Hubbard County alone “that provides tons of service for our community here.”
“During 2020, in the midst of COVID, we still had volunteers donating nearly 10,000 hours, which is remarkable,” Mistic said. “It’s important to acknowledge so many things in our community wouldn’t function without volunteers, and especially our senior volunteers.”
Davies, a retired elementary teacher, received the female Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for her work with Audrey’s Purple Dream, which raises funds for cancer patients. She reads and leads bone-building exercise classes for seniors. She has been the chair of Paul Bunyan Days for 11 years. Her work with the Akeley Chamber of Commerce includes chairing National Nite Out. Davies manages volunteers for the Akeley community library, where she also started a book club in 2010. She volunteers at the Akeley Historical Museum as well.
Davies was nominated by the Akeley Senior Citizens Center, who wrote, “She leads us. … Peg is known for getting things done.”
In accepting the award, Davies said, “I was just honored to be nominated, and to win this, even more.”
Noyes was a business law and accounting high school teacher until he switched into sales and marketing and contract negotiations for high-tech companies.
Since retirement, his notable contributions are founding Laporte Ruby’s Pantry to help the food insecure. He is a member of the Laporte Lions, Knights of Columbus and Hubbard County Soil & Water Conservation District. He assists at the Laporte-Benedict Food Shelf and The Door, which provides housing for the homeless. Noyes also is a substitute teacher for the Laporte School District.
“Trust me, I get more back than I give,” Noyes said when he accepted his award.