Women honored

BAR HARBOR — The YWCA of Mount Desert Island will honor three island residents for “outstanding leadership” at its annual Women of Distinction celebration this Friday evening at Kebo Valley Golf Club.

This year’s honorees are Carol Johnston, named Woman of the Year; Paige Nygaard, Young Woman of the Year and MacKenzie Miller, Girl of the Year.

Johnston has volunteered for a number of community service organizations including Island Connections, the Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Meals for ME. Nygaard leads workshops on equality issues at College of the Atlantic and has been teaching others about the Homecare for All proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot. Miller, a 2018 graduate of MDI High School, organized and raised funds for students to participate in the March for Our Lives protest against gun violence in Boston last spring.

The keynote speaker for the Women of Distinction celebration will be Gia Drew, program director for Equality Maine.

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