Local resident and international advocate for social and economic welfare, Ann will speak about her story as a polio survivor and the inspiration that led to her lifetime of work promoting immunization to eradicate polio worldwide.
Join us to listen to our neighbor and friend talk about her life and inspired career as a global influencer.
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Ann Lee Hussey of South Berwick, Maine has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio survivors her life’s work. Over the past several years she has actively participated in 30 volunteer NID (National Immunization Days) teams organizing and leading the last 26 teams herself, choosing to take those NIDs to places that do not often see westerners – Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Niger, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan as well as less “touristy” destinations in Egypt and India – where the need is greatest and where the publicity and goodwill surrounding the trip are as critical as the immunizations them-selves to help communicate the need for eradication.
As a global advocate, she has shared her story and passion hundreds of times at numerous Rotary Conventions, Zone Institutes, District Conferences, and other events, as well as at Rotary’s International Assembly in 2017, 2018, and 2019 carrying the message of polio eradication around the world and beyond, raising money and creating new converts to the fight. She is determined that no child will needlessly have to suffer what she herself, a polio survivor, has been through. Her concern for polio survivors includes working to ensure mobility and dignity for those who survived the disease but did not have access to the kinds of surgeries and treatments that she was able to receive.
Ann Lee has put a face on the subject of polio eradication, winning hearts and minds and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. A polio survivor herself, the story Ann Lee tells is personal, and so is her journey in the fight to eradicate polio.
But for all the immunizations Ann Lee has herself made possible through NIDs, she considers fundraising, public awareness and inspiring others her most critical accomplishments. To this end she shares the opportunities that Rotary offers individuals for personal and professional growth.
Ann Lee’s work has earned her the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World, the Rotary Service Above Self Award and she was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her humanitarianism and contributions to public service, aimed at improving people’s lives and making a better future around the globe. She was featured in the magazine Real Simple in June 2012. She was featured in a video in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Letter for February 2017. In March 2017, Rotary and The World Bank recognized her as a Woman of Action celebrating International Day of Women. Locally in her home state of Maine, she was honored at the Maine State Senate chamber for her remarkable achievements and included in Maine Magazine as one of the 50 Mainers of 2017 who have changed our world, improved our lives, and broadened our horizons.
Ann Lee is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise in Maine and served District 7780 in many capacities including as District Governor in 2010-2011. And has served Rotary in several different capacities. Previously she served as an Advisor to Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee and as a member of the Global Polio Eradication Transition Management Group from 2015-2018. She has also served as a Rotary Presidents’ Representative at several district conferences and represented Rotary at an Easter Seals Annual Convention.
Outside Rotary, she serves as a trustee of York Hospital in York, Maine. She was an active volunteer for the hospital’s Covid Vaccination Clinic.
Ann Lee, who with her late husband, Michael Nazemetz, DVM recently retired from their practice, Village Veterinary Clinic in Rollinsford, NH. Ann Lee resides in South Berwick, Maine USA with her devoted yellow Labrador, Parker and her curious cat Elliott.