Roxane Leopold honored with Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–At Champlain College’s Convocation ceremony on the afternoon of September 10, President David F. Finney bestowed the College’s 2007 Distinguished Citizen Award on Roxane Leopold, the former executive director of the King Street Youth Center in Burlington.The award is given annually by the College to a person who displays exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service, and dynamic leadership based on equal parts intelligence and wit, creativity and humility.Finney told Champlain freshmen, faculty and staff that what distinguishes Leopold is the spirit she brought to King Street during her 22 years of leadership. “Roxane’s genuine love for her fellow human beings and her devotion to children became the core of the King Street Youth Center, and gave that space life and a sense of being,” he said.The King Street Youth Center provides early education programs, after-school programs, mentoring and teen programs to youngsters from a variety of backgrounds including new immigrants. Leopold’s accomplishments included a capital campaign in 1992 that raised more than $1.6 million in just eight months, and enabled the Center to move to, refurbish and expand its current location. Leopold’s colleagues say that she fervently believes in the strengths and abilities that each child and family possesses. Through her philosophy of caring, Leopold inspired children, families and her staff to maintain their dogged determination to continue their work.Champlain College Trustee Holly Miller said, “Roxane helped people understand that an investment in children is an investment in the future of our community. She was able to bring these children into the eyes of the community, as well as bring the community into their eyes.””Her profound depth of knowledge and caring for children made her both a risk taker and a pioneer,” Miller said. “Long before ‘mentoring’ became part of the lexicon, Roxane had already mentored us.”In remarks delivered at the Convocation ceremony, Leopold reminded the students that they were among a privileged group to be earning a higher education and that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” She urged students to follow their bliss and stay focused while discovering their own ‘equipoise’ — a state of balance and equilibrium in their lives.After more than 20 years of service, Leopold stepped down two months ago as executive director of the King Street Youth Center. She is a resident of Burlington.# # #last_img read more

Virus-hit Philippine economy plunges into recession

first_imgThe outlook for the archipelago is bleak, with the number of coronavirus infections surging past 115,000 this week — a more than fivefold increase since early June when the economy-crippling restrictions were eased.  “Without doubt, the pandemic and its adverse effect on the economy are testing the economy like never before,” said acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua. “But unlike past crises, the Philippines is now in a much stronger position to address the crisis.” As health workers struggle to cope with the influx of patients, more than 27 million people in Manila and four surrounding provinces on the main island of Luzon — which accounts for more than two-thirds of the country’s economic output– went back into a partial lockdown for two weeks on Tuesday to help ease the strain on hospitals. The Philippines plunged into recession after its biggest quarterly contraction on record, data showed Thursday, as the economy reels from coronavirus lockdowns that have wrecked businesses and thrown millions out of work.Gross domestic product shrank 16.5 percent on-year in the second quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority said, when the country endured one of the world’s longest stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the virus that has devastated economies globally.It followed a revised 0.7 percent contraction in the first three months of the year and marked the biggest reduction in economic activity since records began in 1981 during the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship. It is the country’s first recession in three decades.  Topics :center_img But President Rodrigo Duterte, who was reluctant to tighten restrictions after millions lost their jobs in the first shutdown, has warned the country cannot afford to remain closed for much longer.”The problem is we don’t have money anymore. I cannot give food anymore and money to people,” Duterte said Sunday.The country’s economic woes have been exacerbated by a drop in remittances from the legion of Filipinos working abroad who typically send money to their families every month, which fuels consumer spending — the main driver of growth.Remittances dropped 6.4 percent in the first five months, compared with the same period last year, according to the central bank, as thousands of seafarers, cleaners and construction workers lost their jobs and returned home. Consumer spending in the second quarter plummeted 15.5 percent, the statistics agency said.  “It will be a rough road to recovery as trade-offs between economic recovery and health will remain a big challenge to both the private and public sectors,” said Emilio Neri, lead economist at Bank of the Philippine Islands.last_img read more