Volunteer Spotlight


“For the Love of Words”-Profile of CC student volunteer Maggie Samuels

It’s a long way from growing up in rural Maine to a graduate fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  Maggie Samuels, daughter of a Maine fisherman from Searsmont, is in her first year of a two year master’s degree in the prestigious Thomas R Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program.  Two uniquely Midcoast programs were part of that journey.  But it all started with a love of words. Maggie was a shy, reserved child. Exploring different languages helped her to step out into the world.  “Words have nuance and shades.  Knowing the right word helps you to convey what you mean.”  She started to study different languages:  Cherokee, Latin, Spanish, Inuit, Farsi, Japanese, and Turkish.  Foreign languages were a completely different way of seeing and broadened her world. “Language shapes a culture; the brain is hardwired from its language.  You can’t literally translate one language to another.  When I realized…

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Volunteer Spotlight-Bruce Cole

The Camden Conference is almost entirely an all-volunteer organization. The Camden Conference truly relies on volunteers to make it happen! As a new newsletter feature, we would like to shine a light on the special people that have created and continue to sustain our year-round programs and our Conference weekend. Bruce Cole is the President of the Camden Conference Board of Directors and the focus of our first spotlight. Tell us how you first got involved in with the Camden Conference . . . In 2010, I was working on a Climate Change Symposium for the First Congregational Church of Camden and learned from Camden Conference’s President Bob Hirsch, and Brewster Grace, that the Camden Conference was also interested in a program on climate change.  We combined our efforts and held the program in October of 2010 at the Camden Opera House.  I was invited to join the Camden Conference program…

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