LUDLOW-On June 4, Peter LaBelle, president of Black River Good Neighbor Services in Rutland, received the Vermont Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Service.
The Governor's Award honors individuals, groups, and businesses that best exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and community service in Vermont.
LaBelle received the award for having met a community need in an innovative and effective manner. According to Gov. Peter Shumlin, "he demonstrated exceptional service above self that has made a great impact through changed lives and community conditions as a result of his service efforts."
BRGNS is an agency serving families in Ludlow, Belmont, Cavendish, Mt. Holly, Plymouth and Proctorsville.
As a board member and president, LaBelle has been instrumental in the service's fund raising efforts. His work on the Black River Good Neighbors' rummage sales has helped raise thousands of dollars. When BRGNS recently moved into its new armory space, LaBelle played a major role in procuring donations of shelving and furniture.
LaBelle has served as an RSVP volunteer and performed nearly 3,000 hours of volunteer service. He has been a steward of the Public Lands for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation; he also actively serves on the board of directors of the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association, the Cavendish Community Fund, and the Cavendish Town Energy Committee.