Spirit of the ADA Awards

Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities


Montpelier, Vermont, September 24, 2019 –The Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) has announced the employer award recipients for the 2019 Spirit of the ADA Awards.  The Awards are given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices.  Awardees successfully met the following criteria:

  1. Recruitment outreach and equal accessibility in the application, interviewing, and hiring procedures for people with disabilities.
  2. Use of on-the-job accommodations, modifications, progressive employment methods, and/or creative solutions for successful training and employment of people with disabilities.
  3. Accessible physical structures, buildings, work stations and equipment, and services.
  4. Support for the employment of a person(s) with a disability as an overall employment strategy.  

Donna Curtin, Chair of the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, congratulates this year’s award winners: “Thank you to this year’s outstanding employers as well as past Spirit of the ADA Award Winners for recognizing that employing Vermonters of all abilities enhances the workforce and strengthens communities.”

The following employers will be recognized for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities:

Topnotch Resort & Spa, Stowe: Chad Fay & Kathy Rivard

Price Chopper, West Rutland: David Bishop

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Burlington: Othella Clardy

Commonwealth Dairy, Brattleboro: Drew Bryenton

EM Brown & Son Inc., Barton: Art LaPlante & Mark Royer

Maplefields, St. Albans: Karen Adam

Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless, Bennington: Lisa Halkias & Chris Oldham

Canterbury Inn, St. Johnsbury: Eric Bach

Willow Farm Pet Services, North Springfield: Carolyn Tourville

Inn at Baldwin Creek/Mary’s Restaurant, Bristol: Doug Mack & Linda Harmon


Spirit of ADA Partner Award:  Vermont Center for Independent Living, Montpelier

Spirit of ADA Retention Award:  TwinCraft Skincare, Winooski

In addition, The Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities (GCEPD), in honor of the late David Sagi, will inaugurate The Sagi Accessibility Spirit of the ADA Award this year. The award will be bestowed upon an employer each year who makes a special effort to make the business accessible to employees with disabilities. David’s approach to advocating for accessibility was practical, non-confrontational and cooperative. He encouraged and convinced many that accessibility for all, and benefits all. The Sagi Accessibility Award recognizes employers who view accessible workplaces as a win-win to obtaining and retaining employees with disabilities.

David Sagi Memorial Spirit of the ADA Award:  Ultravation Inc., Poultney