Chamber board president named 2012 Citizen of the Year
Northport — Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Paul Doody emceed the 52nd annual chamber awards banquet and ceremony Thursday night, Nov. 8, and at the end of the event he was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year.
The Citizen of the Year award recipient is the one honor that remains a secret until the winner is announced at the conclusion of the banquet and awards ceremony, which took place at Point Lookout in Northport.
Doody, who works at Camden National Bank in Belfast, is active in many organizations in the community in addition to his work with BACC, including Our Town Belfast and Belfast Rotary. As a Rotarian, Doody has organized the annual golf tournament, which has netted $150,000 worth of scholarships for local students in the 12 years Doody has been involved with the event.
The Citizen of the Year winner is unveiled by way of a video that BACC staff play at the conclusion of the awards ceremony, and the video features several people who are close to the recipient.
One of those who spoke of Doody's work in the community was fellow Rotarian and local attorney Lee Woodward, who ribbed Doody for spending so much time working for his community.
"I challenge anyone in this room to remember an instance where he did any banking," said Woodward, a comment that drew laughter from the audience, as well as Doody himself.
Woodward said those Doody has worked with over the years have often described him as a "straight shooter," but Woodward said that description doesn't always fit.
"Well, they've never seen him on the golf course," said Woodward with a smile.
Greg Dufour, chief executive officer and president of Camden National Bank, said he was pleased to see Doody get recognized for all he's done for the community.
"He is a true leader within our organization," said Dufour.
When his job first transferred him to Belfast 20 years ago, Doody said, he was reluctant to make the move. But during his first week on the job, Doody said, he was encouraged by visits from a few local businesspeople who offered him assistance in his new role at the bank.
"They didn't know me, but they offered to help me with anything that I needed," said Doody.
When accepting the honor, Doody thanked all in attendance for the recognition and thanked his wife, Valery, for supporting his endeavors.
"This is amazing," said Doody, who was visibly moved after learning he won the honor.
Other businesses and organizations recognized Thursday night were:
• Large Business of the Year — Mathews Brothers
• Small Business of the Year — Coyote Moon
• Community Volunteer of the Year — Su Woods
• Non-Profit Organization — Belfast Rotary
• Maritime Heritage — Hamilton Marine
• Agricultural Heritage — The Belfast Co-op
• Green Leadership — G.O. Logic