Thursday December 12, 2013
For his myriad of talents and generous gifts of time, Paul Demers was recognized at the annual meeting as Catamount Trail Association (CTA)’s Volunteer of the Year.
After purchasing his first Catamount Trail guidebook in 1999, Demers joined the CTA as a member in 2000 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2006. A resident of South Burlington, Demers is an End to Ender and a Trail Chief of nearly 10 years for the north half of Section 19 from Huntington Gap to Camels Hump Road. A manufacturing consultant who has a knack for streamlining processes, Demers is a master at maximizing the efficiency of event preparations. (ie-stuffing 800 race packets each August!) Demers also volunteers as an instructor for the Ski Cubs program, teaching youngsters how to kick and glide on Saturday mornings at Bolton.
As noted by Emily Licht, Outreach and Youth Program Coordinator “ He has been a fantastic, determined and supportive volunteer for many years, and has been a champion on the trail this summer working with several volunteer groups getting Section 19 ready for the winter. We are very lucky to have him. “
Last summer, Demers led a volunteer work weekend with co-trail chief Bill Hegman, and leads a group of UVM outing club students on an annual fall work day. Demers name has been added to CTA’s Volunteer of the Year plaque, and received a new CTA embroidered fleece to keep him warm during future trail adventures.
The Catamount Trail is a fully conserved, well maintained public-access ski trail that spans the length of Vermont. The Catamount Trail and related trail networks are unique resources for winter recreation and important conservation and economic assets for the people and State of Vermont.
About the Catamount Trail: CTA is a non-profit, member-driven organization that develops, manages, and conserves the Catamount Trail, a public-access ski trail that runs the length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada. Founded in 1984, the organization also advocates backcountry and cross-country skiing for the quality of life, recreational, health, economic and educational benefits they provide.