Griffin passes insurance producer licensing exam

CAMDEN — Allen Insurance and Financial announces that Stephanie Griffin has passed the Maine State Property & Casualty Producer licensing exam.

Griffin, of Camden, joined Allen Insurance and Financial in late 2010 as a receptionist in the company’s Camden office.

A native of Appleton, Griffin is attending the University of Maine in Augusta, working toward a bachelor’s degree in public administration. She has already earned a certificate in human resource management from UMA.

Griffin, who had not worked in insurance prior to joining Allen Insurance and Financial, participated in the company’s in-house education program, where employees who want to become licensed insurance producers in Maine attend class for four hours each week, then study and prepare for the state licensing exam on their own time.

Allen Insurance and Financial is an employee-owned insurance, employee benefits, and financial services company with offices in Camden, Rockland and Southwest Harbor. Call 800-439-4311.

Quarry Hill nursing assistant cited for excellence

CAMDEN — Millie Benner, a certified nursing assistant at Quarry Hill in Camden for nearly four years, has received the Excellence in Long-Term Care award from the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

At a gathering held in Benner’s honor Aug. 25 at Quarry Hill, Director of Nursing Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA, said the Waldoboro resident exemplifies the professionalism and dedication to quality care that the award seeks to honor.

“Millie always has a smile, a word of encouragement, and a funny story to tell that brings a twinkle to her eyes and a glow to the hearts of everyone she’s with,” said Marcille. “For years, the highlight of one resident’s evening was when Millie would use her break time to watch a special TV show with her. The daughter of another resident commented on an Afghan that was on her mom’s bed, only to discover later that Millie had handmade it for her mother.”

Marcille said that Benner serves as a role model for other CNAs, generously sharing what she has learned from her 30-plus years in long-term care.

Benner said she felt privileged to receive the award, and that she has gained at least as much from those she serves as she has given to them. “I’ve learned that there’s a lot of goodness in people,” she said.

Benner, along with other recipients of the 2011 award, will be recognized at a tea at the Blaine House in Augusta on Sept. 21.