Community engagement award presented to Stoodley


ROCKINGHAM >> In an effort to recognize the inspired, positive action happening every day, Greater Falls Connections recently announced the recipient of the fifth Active Community Engagement Award. A.C.E. recipients are the unsung heroes within our community who foster positive change and are dedicated to creating safe, healthy and fun options for youth, families and the community at large.

Ryan Stoodley, Parks & Recreation Director of the Rockingham Recreation Department, was announced as the latest recipient of the A.C.E. award by Greater Falls Connections director Laura Schairbaum at the Nov. 3 Rockingham Selectboard meeting. Schairbaum introduced GFC Outreach Coordinator Deb Witkus to give a speech recognizing Stoodley's community efforts.

"Under the direction of Ryan we have seen the Rec Center grow and change in wonderful ways. We believe Ryan deserves to be recognized for the A.C.E. award based on his leadership and vision. Ryan was committed to a long-term dream of having a new playground, which was installed this past September. Ryan is an excellent community partner. He is very approachable, easy to work with and to be quite honest, we're not sure that Ryan has ever said no to anyone."

Stoodley humbly accepted the award and stated that he was "overwhelmed" by his nomination. The Rockingham Selectboard, along with GFC staff members Schairbaum, Witkus, and Scott Sharland, congratulated Stoodley on receiving the A.C.E. award.

Stoodley has been serving the needs of the community by providing extended-hours programs during school vacations and other key times during the year. He has been a role model for the youth of the community.

For over 50 years, the Rockingham Recreation Department has provided the community with a healthy place to socialize, play games, and to be active. For more information about the programs available at the Rockingham Recreation Center, go to the town's website at The A.C.E. award is sponsored by Greater Falls Connections, whose vision is to build a healthy, nurturing and supportive community. For more information, go to


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