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The Timothy J. Bovat Civic Involvement Award
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce


In its ongoing mission to make good deeds stay noticed, the Chamber of Commerce has renamed one of its most prestigious awards for one of its most beloved members. 

What was once known solely as the Civic involvement award is now the Timothy J. Bovat Memorial Civic involvement Award. The new moniker comes in memory of the late Tim Bovat, a Swanton resident, on-the-rise business leader and diligent volunteer who died tragically last February after falling from a roof while shoveling snow for an elderly relative. He was 31.

The Chamber presented its new version of the award for the first time Thursday at its annual meeting and banquet. The recipient was Kevin Smith, a St.Albans councilman, businessman and avid volunteer. 

The chamber board decided to rename the award after Bovat last fall, said Heather Streeter, executive director of the Chamber. 

“We always knew Tim did a lot for this community, but until we saw his obituary, we never realized how much he was actually involved in,” said Streeter. “We decided it would be a nice touch to his memory to name this award after him. His involvement really exemplified what this award was all about.”

--Excerpt from the Saint Albans Messenger


 Timothy J. Bovat Memorial Civic involvement Award recipients include:


2009 Jamie West

2008 Jerry Morong

2007  Mike Curtis 

2006   Marilyn Savoy

2005   Peter Deslaurier

2004   Dr. Carl Whitehouse

2003   John Holzscheiter

2002   Emanuele "Chip" and Mary Chiappinelli

2001   Floyd Handy (posthumously)

2000   Kevin Smith


Tim was inducted into the MVU Hall of fame (posthumously) on May 25th, 2001.  A plaque was presented to the Bovat family on that date in the MVU Theater.


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