Awards

PAY IT FORWARD AWARDS

At our 2012 Fall Conference we unveiled a new Awards program.  The VAEYC Board selected the initial, 2012, recipients of each of 6 Award categories.  The 2012 recipients will work with the VAEYC Board to select and present the 2013 recipients, and so on….”paying it forward“!

Magnificent Mentor:  Early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who actively mentors new members in the field of early care and education OR an individual who mentors other professionals in the field to improve quality of care and education.

2015 recipient:  Jody Marquis
2014 recipient: Jennifer Tucker
2013 recipient: Rachel Hunter
2012 recipient: YMCA Teachers

Amazing Advocate:  Early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who promotes an awareness of Early Childhood beyond the members of the profession, OR actively advocates for the well being of children in Vermont.

2015 recipient:  Scott Johnson
2014 recipient: Sonja Raymond
2013 recipient: Lou Ann Beninati
2012 recipient:  Brenda Schramm

Valiant Volunteer:  Early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who exemplifies a dedication to volunteerism on behalf on young children or early educators.

2016 recipient: Valiant Volunteer
2014 recipient: Wendy Cunningham
2013 recipient: Laura Butler
2012 recipient: Lisa Guerrero

VAEYC Visionary: Early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who bring creativity and innovation to early care and education in Vermont.

2015 recipients: Wendy Martin and Sally Anderson – Joint Award
2014 recipient: Crystal Porter
2013 recipient: Linda Wellings
2012 recipient: Laura Murphy

Quality Champion:  Early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who has actively worked to promote quality care and education for children in Vermont.

2015 recipient: Jamie Milazzo
2014 recipient: Jan Steinbauer
2013 recipient: Kim Buxton
2012 recipient:  Melissa Riegel-Garrett

VAEYC Spirit: Early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who actively lives VAEYC’s mission.

2015 recipient:  Cathleen Francis
2014 recipient: Elsa Bosma
2013 recipient: Ellen Drolette
2012 recipient: Carolyn Riley

 

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Children’s Advocate Award

This award was established in 1996 to recognize the work of a Vermont government official such as a federal or state legislator, governor, or mayor during the past legislative session whose efforts have had a positive impact on young children in Vermont. It can be awarded yearly or less, depending on the decision of the VAEYC Board. The government official who is chosen will have consistently acted on behalf of young children in Vermont as demonstrated by maintaining a strong voting record on young children’s issues, proposing bills which would positively impact young children and their families, children’s issues, proposing bills which would positively impact young children and their families, seeking information from experts in the field of early childhood, and/or supporting successful legislation.

On March 14th, 2012 Representative Bill Frank of Underhill was honored with VAEYC’s Children’s Advocate Award. The award was presented during the annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature luncheon. Board President Robin Ploof made presentation with the following remarks:

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“The VAEYC Children’s Advocate Award was established in 1996 to recognize the work of a Vermont government official whose efforts during the past legislative session have had a positive impact on young children in Vermont. This award is not an annual award; instead it is given when VAEYC wants to acknowledge a government official who has consistently acted on behalf of young children in Vermont.

At this time, VAEYC would like to recognize Representative Bill Frank for his efforts during the 2011 legislative session as demonstrated by serving on the Building Bright Futures, Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council; sponsoring bills that will benefit young children and their families such as H-228, an act relating to the creation of an early care and education task force; seeking information from experts in the field of early childhood, for example members of the BBF State Council, Kids Are Priority One Coalition and Chittenden Regional BBF Council; and supporting successful legislation, for example S-53 an act relating to the number of prekindergarten children included within a school district’s average daily membership. On behalf of VAEYC, thank you Representative Frank for your policy-making efforts that benefit Vermont’s young children and their families.”


Distinguished Service Award

Each year the Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual in Vermont who has shown dedication and outstanding service to young children and families over a long period of time. He or she is dedicated to building excellence for children, and has had a sustained impact on the lives of children and families over at least 10 years of service in Vermont. The individual must be a Vermont resident, a plaque given at the VAEYC Fall Conference, a one year comprehensive VAEYC membership, and free entry to the Fall conference.

The 2009 recipient was Kathi Apgar. Kathi was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the fall conference in October 2009 in Killington.
The 2008 recipient was Marsha Cherington. Marsha could not attend the VAEYC annual meeting to receive her award so it was presented at the Caledonia North Supervisory Union Executive Board Meeting on November 15th.
scottnoyes150 The 2007 recipient was Scott Noyes. Scott was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the fall conference in October 2007.

Kit Serrell Memorial Award

The Kit Serrell Memorial Award was established in 1991 after the unexpected death of one of Vermont’s foremost child advocates. The obituary notice for Kit read: “We will remember her frequent meetings with business leaders, legislators, and others in which she would say in a firm but cheery and grandmotherly way, ‘But what about the children?'” Kit retired to Vermont in 1982 after devoting herself to young children by administering programs and organizations in New York and Connecticut. People in Vermont were always amazed and respectful of her energy and commitment to support children and families, and to educate others to become advocates for children’s rights. The Kit Serrell Award is given each year to an individual or group who exemplifies her spirit. Individuals or groups will be considered who have had a specific impact on children or families in Vermont during the current year, beyond their job description, including local or regional grassroots efforts. The recipient of the award is announced at the Spring Annual Meeting, and consists of a regular VAEYC membership for one year, waived registration at the Fall VAEYC conference, dinner for the recipient and a guest at the Annual Meeting, and a plaque The 2003 recipient was Kim Keiser.


Community Service Award

This award is given when the VAEYC Board chooses to recognize an individual or organization for a significant contribution to the general public with regard to young children and the issues that effect them, in the current year. The award consists of recognition at the VAEYC Fall Conference, regular membership in VAEYC, and dinner for the recipient at the Annual Meeting. The 2011 recipient was The Vermont Business Roundtable.  Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable and Steve Voigt,  President and CEO of King Arthur Flour accepted the award at the 2011 Early Childhood Day at the Legislature.