Laura Brusseau is making New Hampshire’s Lakes Region a better place, not just by advocating for those less fortunate, but also in educating young people about the value of lending a helping hand. For her efforts, Brusseau has been named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s ’40 Under Forty’ list for 2009.
The “40 Under Forty” is an honors program that recognizes the state’s emerging leaders, started by the New Hampshire Union Leader in 2002. Brusseau said she was shocked to be named to the list.
“Plymouth State University taught me a lot about leadership and giving back to others,” said Brusseau. “Plymouth offered me many outlets to give back, whether it was with student senate, being a community advisor or participating in Alternative Spring Break, there are hundreds of options at PSU to help students feed their needs, passions or hobbies.”
Union Leader President and Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid said, “The 40 Under Forty program has established itself as part of the New Hampshire fabric. Today’s honorees join a very impressive group, people who are not only valuable contributors to their businesses and professions, but who are contributing to the betterment of their community or the state. ”
Brusseau is currently a teacher at Inter-lakes High School in Meredith, but during her undergraduate years at PSU, she co-founded PSU’s Hunger and Homelessness Week and participated in Habitat for Humanity home-building. Three years ago, she and fellow PSU grad Jessica Dutille co-founded the Faith, Hope, and Love Foundation, which provides opportunities for socially disadvantaged youth suffering in hunger, homelessness and poverty. The Foundation helps provide funds to meet basic needs and helps girls who would not otherwise have gowns or prom wear to obtain them so they can share in important social experiences with their peers. Brusseau said her time at PSU shaped her approach to helping others.
“I am very honored and humbled by this award, it’s nice to do something you love and help others at the same time,” Brusseau said.
Brusseau is also President of the Plymouth State University class of 2004; President-elect of the Plymouth State Alumni Association board of directors and served as president of Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society in 2003 and 2004.
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