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Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Labarge

Like many people, Maria Labarge became motivated to take a more active role in politics after the 2016 elections. “We were working overseas,” she said, “and when we saw how the results of the election would impact the whole world, I felt I needed to play a small role in preventing a repeat. Since then, I’ve become more aware of issues of equality and human rights and have a huge interest in doing what I can to protect these values.” Before moving to Henderson County in 2018, Maria had a varied career, working as a registered nurse, teaching conversational English in Ecuador and Poland, and even running her own faux finish business. She also worked as a social services coordinator and a seminar coordinator for a computer editing firm in Massachusetts. Here in Henderson County, Maria has volunteered at the Free Clinics, worked as a poll greeter and was happy to join HCDP’s postcard writing efforts. She recently stepped up to use her coordinating skills as the new postcard writing coordinator. “I decided to do this because I feel the role keeps me connected to the Democratic party and the values we share, such as human rights.” Maria has found that the move to Henderson County has been “just right” after living in both Florida and Massachusetts. In addition to appreciating the climate, she and her husband enjoy the vineyards, breweries, and music and art events. She also enjoys travel and cooking, especially the family’s traditional Polish Christmas dinner. Her goal for HCDP is to get more young people involved. “They are the future. Their message is important.”


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