Volunteer of the Year Award

2016  Donald L. Frost Outstanding  Volunteer of the Year 


Claira Monier (left) 
pictured here
with Shirley Frost


 Claira Monier is the 2016 recipient of the Donald L. Frost Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.  Claira has been advocating for lung health since losing her husband, the late New Hampshire Senate President Robert Monier, from complications due to COPD. She’s been a vital member ofthe Breathe New Hampshire board of directors since the 1990s, serving on the Advocacy and Finance Committees and as Board Chair--twice. 

Claira was the Board Chair and led the Board of Directors through its strategic decision to end its franchise agreement with a national organization and remain an independent, New Hampshire nonprofit organization. Today, after close to 10 years operating as Breathe New Hampshire, the decision to remain independent is viewed as the right decision at the right time.

Claira has lobbied the New Hampshire legislature to increase the prices of tobacco products and to limit smoking in public places and restaurants. In 2008, Claira joined Breathe NH Staff and other Board members in Washington, D.C. to meet with our New Hampshire delegation to garner their support to override President Bush’s veto of the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. This action helped to improve the quality of life for anyone living with lung disease as it formally established pulmonary rehabilitation as a specific Medicare benefit category.

Before her retirement in 2007, Claira served as the executive director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and prior to that as the Region 1 Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Born in New Hampshire, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University and her M.A. in Geography from Clark University. She now lives in Goffstown and serves on a number of other boards. 

Claira has also helped to educate the community about lung disease. She and her friends play each September in Breathe New Hampshire’s Fairways for Airways Golf Classic. Her watercolor paintings have even appeared on Breathe New Hampshire’s holiday cards.  Claira says that volunteering for Breathe New Hampshire is a meaningful experience and provides her with the opportunity to make New Hampshire a healthier place to live.

It is with great appreciation that we present this year’s Donald L. Frost, Jr. Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award to Claira Monier.  Congratulations Claira!

 The late Donald Frost served as a board member and a longtime volunteer of Breathe New Hampshire. As someone living with COPD, he consistently strove to help fulfill the Breathe New Hampshire mission of eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire. The Donald L. Frost, Jr. Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Donald Frost.  This prestigious award is presented by Shirley Frost at our Night of Thanks celebration and is given to Breathe NH volunteers who possess the strength of character and dedication to Breathe NH and the Granite State exemplified by Don.

Donald L. Frost 
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award 

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