Women of Distinction

Woman of the Year 

    Donna Wiegle a year-round resident of Swans Island, Director (and only employee) of the Mill Pond Health Center and local health officer for the Town of Swans Island. In 2005, she began working with Swan’s Island’s Board of Selectmen to develop a health center on the island.  With a degree in Medical Technology, she first started offering services by drawing blood for island residents; however, over the past ten years, she has developed a comprehensive offering of services at the Mill Pond Health Center by working with a network of mainland-based health care providers. Such services include several CDC programs to address healthy life styles through eating and exercising for all ages. Donna also serves as the Director of Eldercare Outreach of Swan’s Island, developed from the informal eldercare services available into a non-profit organization serving Swan’s Island’s elderly residents and visitors. She is a member of the Swan’s Island Municipal Advisory Council, serves as co-chair of the Maine Islands Coalition, and serves on Healthy Acadia’s Advisory Board.  Donna recently joined the Board of Trustees for Island Institute, an organization working to sustain Maine islands and remote coastal communities.


Young Woman of the Year

    Amanda Zehner, a resident of Northeast Harbor and Virginia native has traveled to many communities around the world pursuing her interest in International Development. Amanda served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Gambia and through her graduate work at Brandeis University has supported projects in several communities spanning Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua with Pueblo a Pueblo and Sustainable Harvest International. Amanda’s most recent endeavors include founder & owner of Living Threads Company  located in Northeast Harbor. Living Threads Co. is a small business to provide year-round markets to artisans in Central America with the mission to empower women, preserve artisan traditions and improve livelihoods while providing high-quality textiles.

Girl of the Year

    Faith Reece, is a twelve year old currently attending Mount Desert Elementary and lives with her parents and brother. Through her participation in Girl Scouts she has explored ways in which to be involved within her community. Faith has had to overcome many challenges of Cerebral Palsy in which she was diagnosed with at birth. Through the loving support of her friends and family and the care of Shriners Hospital she is now able to walk long distances, dance, ride horses, and be an avid reader.