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Chamber director resigns

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new executive director.

Barb Brassard will leave the post Aug. 31 to become volunteer coordinator of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County. She starts work at the Port Henry-based RSVP Sept. 1.

"It's an opportunity I couldn't pass up to work close to home and be part of a county-wide program," said Brassard, who lives in Moriah.

The Ti chamber is now advertising the position.

"I'm sorry to leave here," said Brassard, who has been chamber director for a year. "I plan to continue to work with the chamber. I'll be here through the transition and I hope to partner with the chamber on future projects."

Brassard, who was head of the county Economic Development Zone Program before coming to the Ti chamber, has long been involved with RSVP as a volunteer and supporter.

"I've been a friend of RSVP for many years," she said. "I'm looking forward to this new opportunity."

Brassard will replace Patsy McCaughin, who is retiring from RSVP after 36 years.

"Patsy has been there a long time and will be a tough act to follow," Brassard said. "We've worked together for years and this will be a smooth transition."

Brassard said one of her first steps at RSVP will be to visit each of volunteer stations in the county.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County uses senior citizens to provide services to non-profit organizations. RSVP's most recent statistics show 472 enrolled volunteers logged 62,009 hours of service at 95 stations within Essex County in 2008. It has been calculated the economic impact of RSVP's volunteer work is more than $19 million.

McCaughin announced her retirement last year and was honored at the annual RSVP luncheon last October.

"I would like to thank each and every volunteer that has so generously donated their time throughout the years to make RSVP such a successful program," McCaughin said.

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