Vocational Service Award

Tom Treece

Central Vermont Basic Education
2017 Recipient 

The 2017 Vocational Service Award was presented to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE). Clara Martin Center’s Vocational Services Coordinator, Holly Benoir presented the award to Thomas Treece, Teacher and Community Coordinator at CVABE and said “Through CVABE, Clara Martin Center clients from various programs have improved mathematics and literary skills; they have become versed in computer use, and they have earned high school diplomas and GEDs.”

“Not only has CVABE promoted schooling prospects for ‘non-conventional’ students, it has welcomed the talents of agency clients as tutors in areas which they excel. By sharing their own knowledge through teaching others, clients have boosted their self-confidence and expanded their community connections.” Benoir added


Susan Rockwell

White River Craft Center
2016 Recipient

The 2016 Vocational Service Award was presented to Kevin Harty, Director of the White River Craft Center (WRCC) by Clara Martin Center’s Vocational Services Coordinator, Holly Benoir. This establishment offers crafting workshops, meeting spaces, and provides a display and sales venue for area artisans. Beyond those functions, Harty, has welcomed volunteer groups from Clara Martin Center’s Pre-Employment Transition Services program and has provided work experiences for clients in recent years.

Benoir said “Harty and the Craft Center offer a nurturing, safe environment for numerous individuals who might otherwise ‘slip through the cracks’, even providing housing for some in exchange for services such as building maintenance.” Susan Rockwell, a weaving instructor, accepted the award on behalf of the WRCC adding that the partnership between the two organizations works because “working with your hands soothes the mind.”