LACONIA — Somehow, winner Laura Brusseau finds time to be a director of Faith Hope and Love — the non-profit foundation she founded nine years ago, to be a full-time social studies teacher at Inter-Lakes High School, be a co-founder of the Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars, perform dog therapy and enjoy hiking, photography and traveling.
For these qualities and the fact she does it all with the intent to help people, Brusseau was one of three Fusion Impact Award winners named last night.
"I'm very humbled," Brusseau said, saying just to be included in a category with the six other nominees is an honor.
Fusion is an outgrowth of the Lakes Region Young Professional Network that morphed into an organization that recognizes and cultivates all professionals and volunteers who work to make the Lakes Region a place to stay and play.
Faith Hope and Love started as an organization that provided used prom dresses and accessories to students who couldn't afford new ones. In its nine years, Brusseau said it has given away 600 prom dresses and $20,000 in scholarships, grants, and donations to other non-profit organizations.
There were two other winners — both of whom couldn't attend Thursday's ceremony.
John Walker — the co-founder of Laconia Got Lunch — who is also active in his church, has four children and five grandchildren, is the president of the Laconia Kiwanis Club was one.
"John Walker is a doer," said former Mayor Mike Seymour, who co-hosted the event.
Krystal Adel is the operations manager of All-Brite and most recently the president of the Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity. She is a young mother with young children, said Seymour, who finds ways to give her time to three other organizations.
The other six nominees were Allison Ambrose, Amy Nutter Burke, Ashley Halsey, Don Morrissey.
The first Fusion Impact Awards ceremony was held Thursday night at the Laconia Country Club and was attended by about 100 of the movers and shakers in the Lakes Region.
The organization's only mission, said Jaime Sousa the president of Fusion, is to develop future leaders.
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