NO. R-262. House concurrent resolution honoring Stacie Lee Blake for her work on behalf of refugees and immigrants in Vermont.
Offered by: Representatives Orr of Charlotte, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Condon of Colchester, Cross of Winooski, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Frank of Underhill, Green of Berlin, Heath of Westford, Howrigan of Fairfield, Jerman of Essex, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Myers of Essex, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Peterson of Williston, Pugh of S. Burlington, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle and Zuckerman of Burlington.
Whereas, Stacie Lee Blake earned both undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Vermont and was honored as the 2005 recipient of the Marshall E. Dimock Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service, and
Whereas, the praise bestowed on her is based on her extraordinary leadership as the Director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, and
Whereas, Stacie Blake has devoted much attention to language interpretation services as she has trebled the size of the Vermont Interpreting and Translating Services program to include 60 on‑call interpreters in over 15 languages, and interpretative services in four key languages are now available around the clock, and
Whereas, she chaired the 2004 H.79 summer study group which produced a report recommending extending the existing evidentiary privilege for sign interpreters to cover spoken language interpreters, and
Whereas, she is a member of the governor’s workforce council on equality, and
Whereas, three new ethnic groups were accepted, under her leadership, for resettlement in Vermont: ethnic Armenians from Azerbaijan, Meshketian Turks, and 200 Somali Bantus, the latter having resided under difficult conditions in Kenyan refugee camps for the last dozen years, and
Whereas, Stacie Blake has expanded the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program to include new partnerships with Vermont Adult Learning, the VNA Sara Holbrook Center, Head Start, local school districts, and the Chittenden County Domestic Violence Task Force, and
Whereas, she has also increased the funding for, and expanded the services available to, older refugees, including bilingual language classes intended to enable them to obtain citizenship and not lose Social Security benefits, and
Whereas, she will soon be leaving her position as Director of the Vermont field office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly honors Stacie Lee Blake for her special service on behalf of the immigrant and refugee communities in Vermont, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stacie Lee Blake.
The Vermont General Assembly
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