At the Annual Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, Maine Chapter, held this spring, a very active KidsPeace associate was recognized for his great work with our kids. Hans Krichels is the director of KidsGiveBack and a counselor at the KidsPeace National Centers of Maine in Graham Lake. He has spent many years getting the children of KidsPeace Maine involved in community service and making huge contributions of hard work and time to several worthy causes.
Hans was presented with the 2008 Citizen of the Year Award by the association and made a speech thanking the organization, the community of Ellsworth, KidsPeace and especially the children who give of themselves so willingly to improve the appearance and resources of the area. In 2008, 48 KidsPeace children logged 999 hours of community service under Hans' enthusiastic leadership. From clearing brush in the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust to conducting animal tracking surveys to helping at the Ellsworth Library to painting the exterior of the Woodlawn Museum to creating a camping/picnic area on the shores of Graham Lake, no task is too big for Hans and his crew of hard-working kids.
Congratulations to Hans and to all of the children at the KidsPeace Maine campus for their great effort and sense of community.