LACONIA — Mayor Ed Engler presented the 28th Debra Bieniarz Memorial Award to Dianne Ouellette, who has managed the lunch program at Memorial Middle School for many years, when the City Council met this week.
Surprised and humbled by the honor, Ouellette insisted on sharing the award with her staff. Apart from providing sustenance, Ouellette, who refers to her students as "cherubs," offers cooking lessons and counseling services, often taking children under her wing, and always has a cookie for the many returning to visit with her after leaving middle school.
The award, which recognizes outstanding service to the children and youth of the Lakes Region, honors the memory of Debra Bieniarz, who served the city and its youth with uncommon devotion, dedication and distinction as a member of the Laconia Police Department before her death in 1987.
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