Bill Bodette (left) of Burlington Insurance gives a donation check to Cairns Rink Manager Bob L’Ecuyer  towards the purchase of needed equipment.

Cairns Arena Receives Grant

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Thursday June 12, 2014

Burlington Insurance Agency, of South Burlington, and Co-operative Insurance Companies recently awarded a community grant to the C. Douglas Cairns Arena to help purchase a new defibrillator for the skating facility. The gift was awarded as part of Co-op’s Community Grant program.

“We think very highly of Cairns Arena and the people who operate it,” said Bill Bodette, South Burlington resident and owner of the Burlington Insurance Agency. “They have been an important element in making South Burlington the thriving community it is today.” 

Established in 2004, Co-operative Insurance’s Community Grants Program is designed to assist with community projects across Vermont and New Hampshire. Through this program, Co-op works with its partner agencies to provide funds for capital campaigns throughout the two states.  

The Cairns Arena was one of 11 organizations to receive a Community Grant in 2014. 

“Cairns Arena would like to thank Bill Bodette and the Burlington Insurance Agency for the donation to help defray the cost of a defibrillator,” said Bob L’Ecuyer, rink manager. “The goal of the arena has always been to provide skating opportunities to all ages at the lowest cost possible. With this donation, it will also allow us to be better equipped to assist our customers in case of an emergency. The arena cannot thank Bill enough for his generous donation and continued support.” 

Burlington Insurance Agency was founded in 1992; Bodette assumed ownership of the South Burlington  business in 1999. He  is active in the hockey community and has coached multiple hockey teams at Cairns Arena since that time including CSB, CVU and UVM Club.Sophie Bujold and Ari Cohen, both 8th grade students at FH Tuttle Middle School, received awards as Middle Level Scholar Leaders at the Seventeenth Annual Vermont Scholar Leader Awards Banquet June 4, 2014 at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. 
The New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) and the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education (VAMLE) presented the 2014 Scholar Leader Awards to two students from each middle level school in Vermont who have distinguished themselves in terms of outstanding scholarship and leadership. 

The students were presented with an award whose criteria included demonstrating academic initiative and scholarship, providing service to classmates and school, exemplifying positive attitudes and demonstrating leadership in the classroom and school activities. The goal of the scholar leader program is to honor students who exhibit BOTH academic and leadership qualities.