The Lamoille Family Center presented two major awards at its annual meeting June 26:
• Jason Pacioni was honored as Lamoille Family Center Supporter of the Year.
• Carol Lang-Godin was honored with the Scott Johnson Leadership Award.
The organization also celebrated 43 years of service to the region, and thanked staff members, board members, donors, patrons, community partners and participants for contributing to the agency’s success.
Sen. Richard Westman, R-Lamoille County, was the guest speaker, and reflected on his work fighting for parent-child centers such as the Lamoille Family Center, and cited the importance of their work for Vermont children and families.
Pacioni, owner of Black Diamond Barbeque, hosted a series of small fundraisers, the Golden Fork Chef Competitions, at his restaurant for the family center this spring. “Just like we work to create a culture of service, giving, and empowerment, Jason has built a community of generosity on Morristown Corners,” said Julia Skonicki, development director. “Jason has the opportunity to influence the people in our neighborhood and is an exemplary model for his peers and neighbors of what it means to take care of the people we work with, serve, and walk alongside.”
Lang-Godin, the agency’s early childhood programs manager, received the Scott Johnson Leadership Award from Scott Johnson himself, former executive director of the family center. “Carol demonstrates all of the qualities of a good leader: thoughtful and strengths-based, she pays attention to detail and empowers staff.”
DeAnne Blueter, children’s integrated services family support specialist, was honored for 20 years of service and Cathy Mayo, children’s integrated services early intervention specialist, was honored for her 5 years of service. Their team provided over 3,800 home visits in the past year.