2005 NATIONAL RURAL TRANSPORTATION

SYSTEM OF THE YEAR


Left to Right: C.I.D.E.R. Executive Director Robin Way, Dr. Fred Schmidt, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and C.I.D.E.R. Program Coordinator, Jim Holzschuh

Left to Right: C.I.D.E.R. Executive Director Robin Way, Dr. Fred Schmidt, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and C.I.D.E.R. Program Coordinator, Jim Holzschuh

Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources, Inc. (C.I.D.E.R.) was selected as the Community Transportation Association of America’s 2005 Rural Community Transportation National System of the Year. This national award is presented each year to recognize, “inovative and creative service to the community that is responsive to its customers and community needs.”

C.I.D.E.R. Executive Director Robin Way, and Program Coordinator Jim Holzschuh accepted the award on May 24, 2005 at the Community Transportation Association of America’s (C.T.A.A.) EXPO in St. Louis, Missouri. Speaking to the audience of approximately 1,600 transportation professionals, including United State Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Robin noted that “One of the things that makes C.I.D.E.R. different, is that it is not just a transportation system. C.I.D.E.R. is a community based organization with the mission of assisting Grand Isle County, VT residents with special needs – elders and persons with disabilities – to remain living independently, and with security and dignity in their own homes. In addition to transportation C.I.D.E.R. staff and volunteers manage a community meals program, deliver Meals-on-Wheels, build wheelchair ramps, run exercise and end-of-life information and education programs, collect and loan pieces of special needs equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs, and publish a monthly newsletter.”

Dr. Fred Schmidt nominated C.I.D.E.R. for the award. Dr. Schmidt is a professor of Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont as well as a member of the board of directors of C.T.A.A. Award winners were selected by the awards committee of C.T.A.A., a national non-profit organization of more than 4,000 individuals and organizations dedicated to providing mobility for all Americans. For more information regarding C.T.A.A. contact Scott Bogren of the Association at 1-202-247-1921.