Central Aroostook Association Names Building After Longtime Executive Director

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 12:20 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -A building on the Central Aroostook Association campus got a new name this month. Newssource 8′s Anna Soderberg has the reaction from the man it’s named after.

“I was speechless for one of the first times in my entire life.”

Steve Richard has worked at the Central Aroostook Association for 45 years and with his recent work anniversary, came a special gift. His name on the building that started his career.

“My wife and I were looking for a job and I got a job as a house parent at the Aroostook Residential Center, which happens to be 21 Lombard st.”

From House parent, Richard moved to head teacher and then on to Executive Director.

"At the ripe old age of 23, I was hired as the executive director of the organization and was entrusted with trying to develop programs and continuing developing programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Richard says he never looked back.

“I found myself and sometimes it’s very difficult to find your passion. I thought my passion was going to be being a teacher but not, my passion is what I am doing today, yesterday, the day before and the day before that.”

Richard says he is just one of many that make the association what it is today and he says he’s lucky enough to spend his days excited to go to work.

“We’re really honored and proud that he chose to put his energy behind Central Aroostook Association and the community at large is the beneficiary of the work that he has done.”

Something the community will be reminded of, everything they pass by.

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