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
2018 Lt. Jason Wetherby and K-9 Wyatt
2017 14th Star Brewery
2015 Peter Garceau
2014 Dan Marlow
2013 Thomas Murray
2012 Dr. and Joyce Holmes
2011 Marty Manahan
2010 Jay Fleury
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
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