The Citizen of the Year award, presented by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment and has made significant contributions to the community. On June 1, 2022 the Chamber announced the 2022 Citizen of the Year:
Our very own Kathleen Sessler, LPN, Cornerstone VNAs Provider Liaison.
Kathy has volunteered her time to many worthy causes and organizations for nearly 20 years. Kathy’s involvement and leadership is known throughout Strafford County, giving her time and talents to organizations including the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the Rochester Rotary Club, Monarch School of New England, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Cornerstone VNA, Hope on Haven Hill, as well as community events.
According to Jackie Fitzpatrick, current president of the Rochester Rotary Club, “Kathy exudes the motto of Rotary which is ‘Service Above Self’. She has been a member of Rochester Rotary for 12 years and has made exemplary contributions to the success of so many activities.”
Kerry Norton, RN from Hope on Haven Hill adds, “Kathy inspired me to become a nurse and then to become a Rochester Rotarian. Kathy’s love for her community is contagious and she inspires many to do good for the city.”
Diane Bessey at the Monarch School of New England agrees, “Kathy has an affinity for volunteering and is not afraid to ask others to commit their time and resources. She is an excellent example of citizenship and philanthropy.”
Ann Vennard at Cornerstone VNA underscores, “Kathy Sessler is the epitome of an engaged and supportive citizen. She volunteers for so many organizations and events. She is extremely supportive of fundraisers in the community that she hears about and rallies a group to participate.”
Kathy resides in Strafford with her husband, Rick. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, many of which were on hand to celebrate with her as she received the award.