Bedford woman named Unsung Hero at Statehouse ceremony

CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Children’s Trust/Prevent Child Abuse New Hampshire presented 29 awards to parents and caregivers to recognize them for going above and beyond to be the best parents they can be.

Honorees and their families gathered in the Statehouse in Concord recently for the ninth annual Unsung Hero Parent Recognition Awards ceremony.

"Every kid needs to know that they’ve got a grownup in their corner," Hassan said. "I’m looking out at a whole bunch of adults who are those grownups."

Among the recipients was Barbara Chagnon, of Bedford, who was nominated by Laura Dodge.

"Since losing her daughter in a tragic car accident, Barbara has been devoted to raising her granddaughter. Although she is parenting her daughter’s daughter, she maintains both roles as mother and grandmother well. Barbara radiates parental resilience, she volunteers at her granddaughter’s school and encourages her granddaughter in so many positive ways. Barbara is always involved, available and supportive, and has an appealing sense of humor! Barbara has done an outstanding job parenting her granddaughter, and is so deserving of this recognition."