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Steve Cote, President Awarded for Lifetime of Community Service

October 25, 2019

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce honored Steve Cote with the White Mountains Treasure award to recognize him for "tremendous contributions to Mt. Washington Valley and for demonstrating outstanding and consistent care for our communities and for the quality of life of all their residents without the expectation of reward or commendation." Stating that without our Treasures, "we would not have the very important social services, business support, and entrepreneurism that make our valley so special."

Steve has dedicated over 25 years of service to our organization as well as to our community. He is passionate about giving back, especially by serving as a youth basketball coach at Kennett High School. Steve has served on many local boards and nonprofits and enjoys being a Fryeburg Academy Trustee. 

"The 107th annual meeting of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, held at The Wentworth, celebrated employers, entrepreneurs, community spirit and the dedication of lifetime volunteers. Nearly 300 people attended the dinner meeting, which began with a review of the past year...

Community volunteer Steve Cote (left) of Chalmers Insurance was presented one of this year's two White Mountain Treasures Awards from Melody Nester of Memorial Hospital at the MWV Chamber's 107th annual business and dinner meeting, held Tuesday night at the Wentworth Inn in Jackson. (PAULA SULLIVAN JONES/MWVCC PHOTO)

The White Mountains Treasure Awards were sponsored by Memorial Hospital and presented by community relations director Melody Nester. The award honors individuals for outstanding community service and commitment to the valley.

Two were presented this year. The first recipient was Steven P. Cote, president of Chalmers Insurance Group.

Cote was nominated by his peers for more than 25 years of valuable service to both Chalmers and the larger community, ranging from basketball coach to Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley to the MWV Economic Council.

Cote thanked his parents for setting the example for his community involvement, his wife and children for their support and for Chalmers for allowing him the time to coach and serve.

He also spoke to local young people, noting, "It is OK to stay in the valley if you love the valley. I never left and never had a desire to leave. ... If you want to work hard and dig in, you cannot only find something that provides a great career but also allows you to live in the best place on the planet.'" Read more from The Conway Daily Sun

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