Tonya Albee (pictured at right with 2018 NHAR President Gerry O'Connell), a Realtor with Group One Realty in Peterborough, was the 2018 Good Neighbor Award winner for her continued efforts with BEST, the free summer camp she created eight years ago.
"Days like this are why I sought out this position in the first place,” President O’Connell would later say of the presentation. “Tonya Albee is exactly the kind of Realtor that we want to highlight, and I couldn’t be more proud that I was able to convey our thanks to her as an association.”
Camp BEST (Best Ever Summer Time) serves upward of 90 otherwise underserved Jaffrey and Rindge middle school children at no cost each summer; it increases academic outcomes in a vast majority of those campers; and in general it provides a safe and nurturing environment for those who need it the most – mentoring, feeding and teaching these young people during July of each year.
The NHAR Good Neighbor Award program was established in 2003 to recognize the efforts of New Hampshire REALTORS who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their communities. Eligible activities are not limited to real estate or housing issues and may include such things as crime prevention, youth mentoring and homelessness prevention.
Each year, one or two winners are selected from applications and recognized at the NHAR Annual Convention. Winners receive:
Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS has played witness in its 85 years, one thing that has remained constant is the Realtor 'R' and the value we bring to every real estate transaction in which we take part. We are part of a unique community where our familial cooperation transcends our business competition. These are not mere platitudes, but our living ideals, and they are, in fact, the foundation on which we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day affairs.
Dan O'Halloran (at right), 2019 President, New Hampshire REALTORS