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Ironwood Therapeutic Boarding School Co-Founder Receives Maine State Chamber of Commerce 2009 Presidential Award


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine, Oct. 30 -- Before a packed audience at its annual meeting and awards dinner, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce yesterday presented its 2009 Presidential Award to Rod Rodrigue, co-founder of Ironwood Therapeutic Boarding School. Saluting his “lifetime of entrepreneurship” and his contribution to the Maine economy, the Maine State Chamber praised Rodrigue for his vision and compassion in founding the nationally recognized model therapeutic boarding school in Morrill, Maine.

In presenting the award, Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors noted that Rodrigue’s entrepreneurial spirit had manifested itself in several successful and divergent initiatives.

“While this award could reflect a lifetime of entrepreneurial spirit by Rod, it attempts to recognize two, quite unrelated, yet very significant success stories occurring right here in our state,” Connors said. “To me, the greatest expression of Rod’s entrepreneurship has been what he and his wife Marion established just four years ago in Morrill, Maine. It’s called the Ironwood Therapeutic Boarding School and located on 500 acres of countryside purchased on the edge of Frye Mountain. Ironwood is committed to helping families in crisis with troubled teens.”

Ironwood Therapeutic Boarding School offers therapeutic, clinical and educational services helping teens to adopt proactive behaviors necessary to lead a productive life as a contributing family member and community citizen.

“Ironwood Therapeutic Boarding School is carefully designed to assist families in crisis and turn around the behavior of troubled teens by developing self-respect, values and effective communication skills. In less than four years, it has become a nationally recognized model facility for troubled teens. To see it is to believe it – a truly inspirational success story,” Connors concluded.

About Ironwood Therapeutic Boarding School

Ironwood Therapeutic Boarding School is a formidable program committed to helping families in crisis with troubled teens. We trust the teens and families we treat to share our commitment to generating successful, rewarding outcomes. Ironwood’s aim is to assess and treat the causes of unruly behavior, while providing self-esteem building activities and life-enriching experiences along with academic studies. Ironwood strives to work with parents and youth through clinical therapy, discipline, hard work, and shared experiences in a safe, secure, and therapeutic learning environment. For more information on the program call 877-342-2463 or go to


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