Mountain Valley Hospice (MVH) seeks nominations for its fourth annual NANCY J. DOWD HUMANITARIAN AWARD (NDHA), given in memory of MVH’s first Executive Director. The award was established to honor the positive influence Nancy Dowd made in the lives of those she touched and to acknowledge those who are following in Nancy Dowd’s example through their humanitarian efforts. The award will be presented in September of this year.

Community members are invited to submit entries for an individual or organization for outstanding achievement, leadership, and vision in providing important humanitarian services or for improving the quality of life for individuals and families living in the Mohawk Valley.  Deadline for nominations is Friday, July 30, 2021 via email at

Nominations should include a description of how the individual or organization has made a difference in our region, based on the following criteria:

  • Primary focus on Mohawk Valley efforts.  National and/or international efforts will be appropriately considered but will not substitute for local involvement;
  • Tangible and quantifiable examples of the nominee’s impact to the community, dedication, innovation, creativity and vision;
  • Inspiration and motivation of others to act in a manner that helps to improve the community’s welfare and happiness;
  • Outcomes to support your nomination like financial contributions, volunteer activities, number of people impacted;  
  • Share an inspirational story or anecdotal information. 

NDHA Task Force Chairman and MVH Board Chair Patrick Dowd said of the award, “We are proud to be able to present this annual award in honor of my mother, Nancy, who was widely known for selfless giving to anyone in need but especially to the patients and families she helped support through Mountain Valley Hospice.  My family and I are very proud of her career and the work she put into the creation of MVH and the Hospice Home named in her honor.”

Gloversville native Ellen Wood, a community volunteer and Chair of MVH’s first Capital Campaign, was the first recipient of the Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award in 2018. Long-standing Board member and community volunteer, Jack Scott was awarded the second annual Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award in 2019.  Former educator Shawn M. Cleland was the 2020 award recipient in recognition of her most recent community service with The Family Counseling Center.

Founded in 1988 by Nancy J. Dowd as a not-for-profit, MVH’s mission is to enhance the lives of those served by supporting what matters most to them.  MVH delivers care for patients and families in Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton and Saratoga Counties, in the patient’s community home, hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility.  MVH’s unique offering is an eight-bedroom, Adirondack-style Hospice home in Gloversville, NY that provides 24-hour clinical care.  MVH also offers complimentary grief counselling to any member of the community, regardless of whether their loved one was a Hospice patient.  Mountain Valley Hospice – honored to serve you in your home or ours!