Portland Press Herald

Is First Recipient

Of Maine Friends of Haiti’s

Special Recognition Award

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Periodically the Maine Friends of Haiti group will recognize a particular individual, family, group, business, or organization, etc. that has made a major impact in raising awareness or encouraging involvement in assisting Haiti.

The Portland Press Herald has been chosen as the first recipient of this

special award. 

Dear Portland Press Herald:

It has been gratifying to witness the amazing response of so many Mainers who have stepped forward to help in assisting Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

I would like to commend the Portland Press Herald for its extensive and phenomenal coverage of the  situation in Haiti.  Hats off to editor and publisher Richard Connor, executive editor Scott Wasser, city editor Noel Gallagher, deputy managing editor Angie Muhs, and the editorial staff, and to reporter Matt Wickenheiser, photographer Gregory Rec, columnist Bill Nemitz, and all those who were involved in this work.

The decision of your newspaper to send writers and a photographer to Haiti, has  provided opportunities for Mainers to learn firsthand about the situation. In a country like Haiti,

where conditions are often incomprehensible and bleak, the Portland Press Herald managed to capture the spirit and resilience of the Haitian people as well as the compassion and strength of the Mainers  helping on the frontlines. 

Certain images, comments, and background of Haiti that your paper presented are now ingrained in my memory.  With each article I read, a sense of gratitude to the Mainers involved in Haiti became even more pronounced.  Your portrayal of the work of Konbit Sante,  Fr. Marc Boisvert, Rev. Joe Corriveau, Greg Brooks and the crew of the Sea Hunter,  and many others, has made a lasting impression. 

Maine individuals, businesses, places of  worship, schools, and organizations have conducted so many creative fundraisers to help with Haitian relief. When I attended a Konbit Sante briefing recently I witnessed the involvement of many medical professionals, volunteers, Mayor Nicholas Mavodones, and photographer  Greg Rec and writer Matt Wickenheiser from your newspaper.  Although the misery and challenges faced in Haiti can seem overwhelming, I felt as though our state of Maine has really become involved in efforts that are producing formidable results.


Mainers are known for their independence, strength of character, and willingness to help others.  While occasionally one might hear a comment about  the need to concentrate solely on helping those in need within our own state, Mainers have demonstrated the importance of understanding and compassion for helping those in crisis on an international level, as well.

Whether intended or not, through its extensive, informative, and outstanding coverage of the situation in Haiti,  the Portland Press Herald, in my opinion, has educated and indirectly encouraged Mainers to step forward and  to become socially-conscious global citizens.   For this, our family thanks you.

With Appreciation,

Mary Doyle

Maine Friends of Haiti

Stories from the Sea Hunter

  1. 1Dedicated crew shows its heart on epic mission
    March 8, 2010

  2. 2Heart and soul in Haiti
    March 7, 2010
    The Rev. Marc Boisvert went to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere 12 years ago, and knows he will spend his life – all of it – helping on this island.

  3. 3Sea Hunter's supplies reach the hands of Haitian people
    March 6, 2010

  4. 4At last, Sea Hunter
    offloading Haiti relief supplies

    March 5, 2010
    The Sea Hunter's 12 crew members and volunteers, after weeks of storms and bureaucratic delays, are all smiles as the unloading operation began.

  5. 5Still stalled, relief ship's owner tries ultimatum
    March 5, 2010

  6. 6Column: Relief delivery to orphanage tantalizingly close
    March 4, 2010

  7. 7Haiti official: Sea Hunter can offload its cargo
    March 3, 2010
    A local customs official will board the ship Thursday morning to verify that relief supplies aboard the ship match those listed in packing lists handed over today.

  8. 8Sea Hunter arrives at 2nd Haitian port
    February 2, 2010
    If all goes as planned, the ship will spend the next few days offloading almost 200 tons of food, clothing, medicine and other relief supplies onto small vessels here.

  9. 9Owner of Sea Hunter at the end of his rope
    February 28, 2010

  10. 10‘Pastor Bob’ buoys spirits as relief ship is kept at bay
    February 27, 2010

  11. 11Ship's mission to Haiti back on course
    February 24, 2010

  12. 12For Haiti-bound Sea Hunter, permission granted
    February 23, 2010
    Finally shipshape and cleared to sail, Sea Hunter now faces a trial by sea

  13. 13Maine shipmaster says aye to Sea Hunter mission
    February 22, 2010

  14. 14As cynics feast, hopeful crew won't give up the ship
    February 21, 2010

  15. 15Audio Slideshow: Sea Hunter waits off the coast of Miami
    February 18, 2010

  16. 16New shipmaster steps in for Sea Hunter
    February 17, 2010
    The new volunteer tentatively agrees to join the mission to Haiti after the vessel's owner e-mails him photos of the ship and its cargo.

  17. 17Concern over captain's health tempers crew's excitement
    February 16, 2010
    MIAMI; Preparations shifted into high gear in Haiti on Monday for receiving the estimated 200 tons of donated relief supplies aboard the Maine ship Sea Hunter, while hopes rose aboard the ship that its five days in limbo here could finally end today.

  18. 18Haiti or bust, Sea Hunter's crew keeps eyes on goal
    February 14, 2010

  19. 19Stymied ship unsnarls sticky knot in red tape
    February 13, 2010

  20. 20Mainer's voyage to Haiti now uncertain
    February 11, 2010
    Coast Guard officials question the qualifications of Greg Brooks' crew as he tries to deliver relief supplies.

Stories from ground in Cap-Hatien

  1. 1Letter from Haiti: Haitians' pride, faith amaze doctor
    March 8, 2010

  2. 2Program finds Maine sponsors for Haitian children
    January 24, 2010
    A Maine woman and her church help students get an education -- and vaccinations and meals.

  3. 3Quake spotlights nation's distress, nonprofit's resolve
    January 24, 2010
    ''People here are used to dealing with incredible challenges all the time. These are bigger.''

  4. 4Making a difference for poorest of the poor
    January 21, 2010

  5. 5Maine-based efforts, donations help hospital run more smoothly
    January 20, 2010

  6. 6Portlander reeling after chaotic weekend
    January 19, 2010
    Judy Carl, in Cap Haitien to teach English at a hospital, helps caregivers aid dozens of victims.

  7. 7Reporter's Notebook: Open troughs, tower climbs and a baby is born
    January 19, 2010

  8. 8Disaster draws attention to Mainers' ties with Haiti
    January 18, 2010

  9. 9Konbit Sante builds on background of trust
    January 18, 2010
    Justinian Hospital treats scores of quake victims, and the Portland-based nonprofit is there to help.

Local Stories

  1. 1Local Haiti Dispatches
    February 14, 2010

  2. 2Mainers persevere to get paralyzed victim treated
    February 11, 2010
    After going to great lengths to keep the man alive after he was rescued, they now hope to bring him to Maine.

  3. 3Businesses unite to find best ways they can aid Haiti
    February 9, 2010
    Once the greatest needs are identified, the coalition of Maine companies will provide money, materials or expertise.

  4. 4Reviving Haiti brick by brick, mind by mind
    February 9, 2010
    The Portland professor also proposes that his students design houses that can be quickly and easily built.

  5. 5Doctor's regret: 'My work here is not done'
    February 7, 2010
    A psychiatrist treating anguished quake survivors finds there is still a great need for 'comfort and consoling.'

  6. 6Benefit dinner highlights Colby efforts to help Haiti
    February 7, 2010
    Colby students hope to raise $25,000 for the Stand for Haiti Campaign of Partners in Health.

  7. 7Mainer gathers data to help Haitians who lost limbs
    February 5, 2010

  8. 8Community welcomes newest members
    February 2, 2010
    About 50 people celebrate the adoption of two Haitian children at the Elks Lodge in Pittsfield.

  9. 9Shock lingers as Haiti recovers
    January 30, 2010
    'TV doesn't do justice to how widespread the damage is,' Maine's Coast Guard commander says.

  10. 10Quake hastens Maine families' growth spurt
    January 28, 2010
    Two couples collect their new children as Haitian orphanages turn to the less fortunate.

  11. 11Instrumental in helping Haiti
    January 25, 2010
    The symphony opens a rehearsal to gather relief donations, its first such fundraiser for another organization.

  12. 12'Earth had turned to Jell-O' during quake, Mainer recalls
    January 23, 2010
    Austin Webbert of Wayne says the slum where he'd been volunteering has yet to see much relief.

  13. 13Mainers prepare to help Haiti amputees
    January 23, 2010
    Adam Cote of Portland heads to Haiti next week to gather data on the 2,500 to 3,000 quake survivors who need artificial limbs.INSIDE

  14. 14Konbit Sante response aid hits $141,000
    January 22, 2010

  15. 15This time Mainer's not hunting treasure, he's delivering it -- to Haiti
    January 22, 2010

  16. 16Maine couple desperate to get daughter home
    January 19, 2010
    The baby, whose mother died in the earthquake, is being cared for by her father's family in Haiti.

  17. 17Maine student weathers quake
    January 18, 2010
    Jessica Frick of Eddington and her Colby roommate cut short their plans for a month in Port-au-Prince.

  18. 18Maine man evacuated to Dominican Republic
    January 16, 2010

  19. 19Mainers help water flow to Haitians
    January 15, 2010

  20. 20Haitians in Maine wait and pray
    January 14, 2010

  21. 21Updates on family trickle in
    January 14, 2010
    Some Mainers learn their relatives in Haiti are OK, but others suffer through a difficult wait for news.

  22. 22Local ties to Haiti good route for aid
    January 14, 2010
    Money, not volunteers or supplies, is what aid groups most need in response to this crisis.

Thanks to the Portland Press Herald for sharing links to their Haiti-related stories below:

Richard L. Connor

Editor and Publisher

Scott Wasser

Executive Editor

Noel Gallagher

City Editor

Photo Coming Soon!

Greg Rec


Bill Nemitz


Matt Wickenheiser


Special thanks to Angie Muhs, Deputy Managing Editor/Online

    for providing some of the photos that appear on this page.