Individuals and businesses: May 4


Fundraising for felines

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a non-profit, no-kill shelter and adoption center in Cumberland, celebrated the success of its March Meowness fundraiser with a check presentation at the shelter on 23 april. HART raised over $4,000; $2,000 is for food, litter and medicine, and the rest goes to the Burt Fund, which provides support for injured cats cared for by HART. Contributed / Lisa Gamage

Benefits of So Lenten Fundraising. Portland Pantry

Parishioners of St. John Paul II Parish came together this Easter season to collect and donate 6,208 pounds of canned and packaged foods during “40 Cans for Lent,” which was organized by local councils of Knights of Columbus. All proceeds were donated to the South Portland Food Cupboard.

“40 Cans for Lent” was inspired by Christ’s 40 days of fasting in the desert.

Hiring, promotions, appointments


Hospice of Southern Maine welcomed several new recruits. Nick Paquette, of Scarborough, is the new director of finance and healthcare operations. Paquette is a CPA and comes to HSM from the Catholic Diocese of Portland, where he worked as director of parish financial services.

Other hires include Neil Cormierfrom Shapleigh, IT support specialist; Kimberly CurlessEvents Coordinator; Kimberly Dallaireof Saco, responsible for invoicing; Anne Drouinof Buxton, and Caitlin CunninghamAI case managers; Elisabeth Leclaireof Portland, and Sara Olmstedsocial workers; Maria McCannfrom Scarborough, bereavement counsellor; Catherine Wineryfrom Scarborough, infection prevention and control nurse; Caroline Wesoloskiof Biddeford, RN; Meagan Yorkof Westbrook, hospice aide.

The Portland law firm Verrill has appointed Karen Hartford as the new chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee, taking over for 10 years of chair Jacqueline Rider.


Employees of the Portland branch of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management were recently named to Forbes magazine’s 2022 list of Top Wealth Advisors: Senior Vice Presidents Brian Mavor, Jeffrey O’Sullivan, Andrew Thomas, Richard Rosu-Myles and Jay Cross; and executive directors Gary Bergeron, Marc Leighton, Todd Dolan and Josh Burns.

Ylvisaker Tardiff

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor of Portland April Ylvisaker Tardiff was named #2 in Maine on the 2022 Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors – Best-in-State list and is on the Forbes list of Top Wealth Advisors in the State.

OceanView in Falmouth has hired dustin bonkof Portland, as the new Marketing and Publicity Coordinator.

Portland Library welcomes asylum seekers

Students from Hope Acts’ Hope House English-language program, shown here along with some of the organization’s volunteers, recently learned how to get library cards and access community resources at the Portland Public Library. Hope Acts is a non-profit organization that provides language, housing and social services to asylum seekers in the region. Contribution / Hope Acts



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