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Vt. Adaptive announces 2013 Volunteer of the Year winners

Vt. Adaptive announces 2013 Volunteer of the Year winners
KILLINGTON - Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont, recently announced that Karen Bixler, of Bethel, Henry Erikson, of Warren, Tom Aicher, of Rutland, and Lynn Boynton, of Rutland, are the 2013 recipients of the organization's annual Jim Hutchinson Volunteer of the Year Award.
"These four volunteers exemplify what Jim Hutchinson stood for when it comes to being a volunteer," said Executive Director Erin Fernandez. "They tirelessly offered their time and talent to the organization throughout the year and all four truly stood apart with their willingness to learn and execute many aspects of our programs as well as help spearhead our capital campaign at Pico Mountain for the new Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge."
The Jim Hutchinson Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award honors the exemplary efforts of outstanding individuals. Jim Hutchinson embodied the meaning of volunteer with his tireless dedication, strong leadership and big heart. Each year individuals are nominated for the annual volunteer of the year award in his honor and names are added to a memorial plaque hanging at each program location throughout the state. Not only was Hutchinson a stalwart volunteer, he served as the organization's president and founded the Vermont 100, the oldest ultra event in the country.
Bixler, also known as "Bix," has been involved at Vermont Adaptive for many years. Despite being a late bloomer as far as her skiing career goes, Bix is out there training, teaching and getting better every year. Her friendly demeanor, dedication and willingness serves as an example of a volunteer who shines brightly. "Bix is someone who is always there when we need her," said Fernandez.
Fernandez then went on to honor three individuals who helped take Vermont Adaptive through a significant milestone in the organization's history with the building of the first of three permanent homes for Vermont Adaptive in Vermont.
"In partnering with the Pico Ski Education Foundation, Vermont Adaptive found two amazing volunteers, who without their incredible dedication and hard work, the new Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge-and our new state headquarters-would not have been possible," said Fernandez. "Lynn and Tom volunteered countless hours to ensure that the outcome of our facility was a success. Lynn used her incredible connections in the ski world as well as her drive and energy to drive our fundraising efforts. They are simply incredible people."
Erickson, the fourth volunteer to be recognized, serves at Vermont Adaptive's board president. His expertise as a construction consultant was critical for the development of the project, as he volunteered to take on the role as project manager, working with contractors and builders to keep the project on task and budget. "He did this on his own time in addition to his regular consultant work," said Fernandez. "We are so lucky to have him as a part of our community."
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. Vermont Adaptive promotes independence and furthers equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding, and more. More than 400 volunteers serve clients of all abilities with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities from all over the world in three locations in the winter in Vermont - Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton. Summer programs are provided statewide. For more info, visit www.vermontadaptive.org