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NO. R-260.  House concurrent resolution honoring Elizabeth Christie for her efforts to improve the lives of Vermont’s children.


Offered by:  Representatives Hube of Londonderry, O’Donnell of Vernon, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, since 1998, Elizabeth Christie, in her role as executive director of the Windham Child Care Association (WCA), has been a passionate advocate on behalf of Windham County’s and all Vermont’s children, and

Whereas, education and young people have been central themes in her professional career dating to her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, and

Whereas, after returning to the United States, Elizabeth Christie became the director of the leadership at the Experiment in International Living, taught at Northfield-Mount Hermon School, and later was appointed director of planned giving at Youth Services in Brattleboro, and

Whereas, her broad background as both a classroom teacher and educational administrator and a desire to work with younger children resulted in her becoming the director of Windham Child Care Association (WCA) in 1998, and

Whereas, WCA was established in 1981 as the first child care and resource and referral agency in Vermont and is now one of 12 similar organizations in the state, and

Whereas, during the past decade, Elizabeth Christie’s leadership in the Vermont Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies has sparked all dozen of the organizations to mount a strong children’s advocacy effort and earned her the respect of colleagues both in Vermont and nationally, and

Whereas, WCA oversees vital services for low income families, including a block grant to pay for child care services which is especially helpful for families who, without a place to leave their children with confidence, would not be able to earn a living, and

Whereas, Elizabeth Christie has supervised the WCA’s child and adult care food program that enables 45 local programs to serve 200,000 healthy meals and be reimbursed for their expenses, and

Whereas, when not working as WCA’s executive director, Elizabeth Christie is an active parishioner at the Guilford Community Church and sings in the Brattleboro Community Choir, and

Whereas, on February 1, Elizabeth Christie will conclude her tenure as the WCA executive director but she will remain active in child-care-related programs in Windham County and with the Putney Commons co-housing group, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Elizabeth Christie for her admirable and enduring devotion to the betterment of children’s lives in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Elizabeth Christie.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont