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Dakin Humane Society honored two animal advocates from Amherst at the Dakin Humane Awards Celebration on Oct. 19.

The Woodbury Award went to Mary Ann Cofrin, whose underwriting of Dakin’s Behavioral Services Department in 2009 launched a multifaceted program to help dogs in shelter and dogs at risk of becoming homeless. Those programs provided high-quality, affordable dog training to both adopted dogs and dogs from the community, a free behavior help line and adoption center-based programs that became a lifeline for animals struggling to adjust.

The Janet Wilder Dakin Lifetime Achievement Award went to Doris Holden, who has been involved with Dakin from its earliest days with founder Janet Wilder Dakin. Holden served in a variety of roles including as a member and officer of the board of directors, and held other volunteer positions for more than 28 years, among them pet taxi driver and host of the one-time annual Dakin Tag Sale at her home.


Shawn Lebeau and Scott Yelle, both of Belchertown, have enrolled at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

South Hadley

Olivia Laurin of South Hadley was initiated into Phi Sigma, the nationally recognized honor society for students in the field of biological sciences at Endicott College in Beverly. Laurin is a sophomore majoring in nursing.

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