For one local nurse, time spent as a Girl Scout volunteer is all about inspiring a sense of caring in future generations.
Kimberly Lemear, the mom of two Girl Scouts and an ICU nurse at Concord Hospital, has been named Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ July Volunteer of the Month.
Lemear, who helps lead a multi-age troop of 15 girls ranging in age from 7 to 13, has been volunteering as a Girl Scout leader for the past seven years. After joining her first troop in first grade, Lemear enjoyed Girl Scouting all through high school. She stepped forward as an adult volunteer when her youngest daughter began kindergarten.
These days, she says her favorite part of the week is when she gets to spend time with her troop members—time spent doing everything from community service to camping. “I just love spending time with these girls,” Lemear said. “They’re fabulous people.” She added that community service projects have proven especially popular with her troop, particularly those involving the furry and four-legged.
Most recently, the troop visited Live and Let Live Farm, a sanctuary for homeless horses and animals of all sizes in Chichester, New Hampshire. “The girls love animals,” she said. “Whenever I ask them what they want to do, the answer is usually animal-related.” Lemear and her troop have also reached out to neighboring animal shelters.
Their goodwill extends beyond animals as well. This past year, the girls created their own...