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Tonya Albee honored with Jaffrey Civic Center award

  • Tonya Albee was honored Thursday as the 7th recipient of the annual Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Nov. 1, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Tonya Albee was honored Thursday as the 7th recipient of the annual Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Nov. 1, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Tonya Albee was honored Thursday as the 7th recipient of the annual Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Nov. 1, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Tonya Albee was honored Thursday as the 7th recipient of the annual Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Nov. 1, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Tonya Albee was honored Thursday as the 7th recipient of the annual Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award at the Jaffrey Civic Center. Nov. 1, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, November 02, 2018 9:13PM

Tonya Albee has been volunteering since the age of 10, though her first experience could have been her last.

This year’s Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award recipient – an award given out by the Jaffrey Civic Center to honor those who tirelessly volunteer throughout the community – spent some of her formative years as a candy striper.

Albee said during an award ceremony Thursday that she struggled while volunteering because she didn’t understand that you weren’t always allowed to or supposed to give people water when they requested it. Rather than giving up, Albee persevered and continued to volunteer in her community.

“I do a lot of volunteering, I’m humbled to be receiving this award due to the quality of prior recipients,” Albee said, after the ceremony. “… Jaffrey is a caring, involved, empowered community.”

Albee is the owner/broker of Group ONE Realty, Inc., a firm that specializes in new home sales. She has sold thousands of homes throughout the state and was recently awarded the 2018 “Good Neighbor Award” from the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.

Her largest contribution to the community is being one of the founders of the Camp Best program – formerly known as Camp Quest – which serves middle school students in the community during the summer.

“There were no activities for middle school kids in the community,” Albee said. “There was a need in the community.”

Albee has also served on the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary and Cathedral of the Pines boards and was an incorporator of Monadnock Family Services.

Civic Center Board of Trustees President Tom Doane said that the Rotary’s motto of “service above self” describes Albee perfectly.

Doane also referred to Albee as “Mamma Quest” for her integral role in starting the camp program nine years ago.

“Tonya truly is a force of nature,” Doane said.

Board member Bernie Hampsey quoted John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address – “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – saying Albee has answered Kennedy’s call to service his entire adult life.

While locally Albee is known for her contributions to Camp Best, Hampsey told those in attendance about some of her contributions elsewhere before coming to Jaffrey.

In New Durham, Albee was a critical part of creating a recycling station. Albee was also involved in a large Earth Day celebration in North Conway.

Locally, Albee played a large role in revamping the Jaffrey town beach in 2002 and in helping clean up at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge after the ice storm of 2008.

“She’s bright and focused,” Hampsey said. “Without her, there would be no Camp Quest.”

Albee is the seventh recipient of the annual award. She joins Marc Tieger (2011), Bill Driscoll (2012), Joe Manning (2013), Caroline Hollister (2014), David Tower (2015), Denis Wright (2016), and Carolyn Edwards (2017) as an award recipient.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.