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Champlain Housing Trust Recognizes Bartlett, Gutchell and Barclay at Annual Meeting

Press Release: CHT, February 15, Contact:  Chris Donnelly, Director of Community Relations, Champlain Housing Trust, 861-7305.

Photo credit: Brett Lupfer, for the Champlain Housing Trust Burlington, VT – At the Champlain Housing Trust’s Annual Meeting Saturday, January 29, former Senator Susan Bartlett was presented with the Tim McKenzie Award for Outstanding Contributions to Perpetually Affordable Housing, and two other local volunteers were recognized for their efforts in support of the Housing Trust’s mission. “Susan Bartlett has been one of the most effective leaders in advancing the State’s investments in affordable housing, and doing it the right way: by committing to permanently affordable housing,” said Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust CEO. “Susan’s leadership over the past ten years has been unparalleled.” Board treasurer Tim Gutchell of St. Albans was presented with the Carole Pack Award, recognizing his leadership and dedicated oversight of the Housing Trust’s finances through challenging economic times when each dollar was critical. “Tim provides the Board with a level of confidence that is so important to the organization,” explained Paul Bohne, CHT’s President. The Hilton Wick Volunteer Fundraiser Award was presented to Essex resident Alec Barclay of NBT Bank. He was recognized for his longtime volunteerism on CHT’s endowment fundraising committee, the Community Relations Committee and his encouragement of others, including his family, to participate in the annual Community Campaign. “Alec is always there whenever we ask for help,” Torpy said. “And we are so much better off for it.” Nearly 200 members of the Champlain Housing Trust attended the annual meeting, which also included the election of six Board members: Paul Bohne of Shelburne, Catherine Dimitruk of Colchester, Sandra Dooley of South Burlington, Bill Dorsch of Grand Isle, Rosalyn Graham of Shelburne, and Richard Kemp of Burlington. The Champlain Housing Trust, founded in 1984, is the largest community land trust in the country. Throughout Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, CHT owns or manages more than 1,500 apartments, stewards 485 owner-occupied homes in its signature shared-equity program, provides services to five housing cooperatives, and offers affordable energy efficiency and rehab loans. In 2008, CHT won the prestigious United Nations World Habitat Award, recognizing its innovative, sustainable programs. More information is available at www.champlainhousingtrust.org.”

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