CHT Recognizes Leaders and Staff at Annual Meeting


WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 29, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Champlain Housing Trust presented four community leaders with awards at its annual meeting Saturday night with more than 150 attending. Attendees also elected members of the Board of Directors, and six staff were recognized for their ten years of work at the organization.

Brian Pine, the City of Burlington’s Housing Director in the Community and Economic Development Office, was presented with the Tim McKenzie Award for Outstanding Contributions to Perpetual Affordability, the Housing Trust’s oldest award which was named after the organization’s founding director.

“Brian has made it his life’s work to help low and moderate income people reach their aspirations and goals, and for that we’re all better,” said Brenda Torpy, CHT’s CEO.

Other awards were presented to:

  • Judy Smith of Union Bank was presented the Carole Pack Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts over more than a decade of service on CHT’s Loan Fund and Homeownership Committees.
  • Board member Sarah Muyskens earned the Hilton Wick “Give Until it Hurts” Volunteer Fundraising Award for her efforts finding new friends and donors to the organization.
  • Joan Beauchemin was the first recipient of the Joan Beauchemin Award for Resident Civic Engagement. Joan and her husband Dale bought the second-ever CHT home in 1985, and Joan has been an inspirational leader and activist for decades in the City.


Elected to the Board were John Emmaeus Davis, Joe Reinert, and Tim Gutchell as General Members; Al Voegele (Colchester) and Carina Driscoll (Burlington) as Public Members; and Willie Pearson, Frank Lenti and Jess Wilson as Resident Members.

Six staff were recognized for ten years of continuous employment: Josh Chant, Associate Director of Finance; Josie Curtin, Director of Property & Asset Management; Jeff Bergeron, Quality Manager; Steve Vasseur, Senior Property Manager; Chris Gillis, Associate Director of Compliance; and Brandy Grattan, Resale Specialist.

Photographs can be viewed on CHT’s Facebook page.


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