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Honors

Vermont Community Leadership Awards given



Robert McBride (center, right) and Richard Ewald (center, left) received the 2008 Vermont Community Leadership Award from the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

Melinda Bussino receives Housing Hero award

sarah carpenter & melinda bussinoMelinda Bussino (right), Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center, has received the Housing Hero award.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter presented Melinda with the award at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference held last Tuesday.

Vermont Award for Work Site Wellness photo

Earlier this month, VHFA won a Bronze Award from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as part of the 2008 Vermont Awards for Work Site Wellness, Physical Fitness and Sports. (Read the original post.)

We just got a hold of this photo of VHFA HR/Office Manager Martha Panton accepting the honor from Gov. Jim Douglas.

VHFA Commissioner congratulates CHT

Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Executive Director Gus Seelig wrote a piece that recently appeared in The Burlington Free Press congratulating the Champlain Housing Trust for winning a U.N.-HABITAT-sponsored World Habitat Award.

Read the piece online.

Gus is also a member of VHFA's Board of Commissioners.

VHFA wins Vermont Award for Work Site Wellness

Yesterday VHFA received a Bronze Award from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as part of the 2008 Vermont Awards for Work Site Wellness, Physical Fitness and Sports.

Gov. Jim Douglas presented HR/Office Manager Martha Panton a plaque at the Work Site Wellness Conference held at the Hilton in Burlington.

We received the honor in the 26-75 employee category.

VPR covers CHT honor

Vermont Public Radio aired a story today about Champlain Housing Trust's winning a United Nations World Habitat Award.

Read the script or listen to the story.

Sue Joachim marks 25 years

Punch and cake were in order this afternoon, when VHFA recognized Lender Accounting Coordinator Sue Joachim for her 25 years with the Agency.

Sue joined VHFA when the Finance Department was a mere three people. (It's seven now.) Computers were non-existent at the Agency. Instead, upon her arrival, she was issued an adding machine, #2 pencil and a paper ledger.

Oh, how times have changed ...

More kudos for Champlain Housing Trust

We thought Champlain Housing Trust's winning an international award from the United Nations's UN HABITAT earlier this week was pretty big news. (Read our previous post about the award.) Apparently, we weren't the only ones.

The Burlington Free Press writes in an editorial published this morning, the award "is a timely recognition of a worthy effort when affordable housing is such a critical issue in Vermont."

Champlain Housing Trust wins World Habitat Award

Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) has received a World Habitat Award from UN HABITAT.

The United Nations agency, whose goal is to promote shelter for people worldwide, will present CHT officials with the award at its World Habitat Day event, Oct. 6 in Luanda, Angola.

UN HABITAT presents two such awards a year — one in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern — to recognize "practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems."

Final four top originators announced

trophyWe're happy to announce VHFA's final four top originators for the past fiscal year:

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