Michele Menard, businesses honored by chamber

PLATTSBURGH - The North Country Chamber of Commerce has named Michelle Menard of Casella\Northern Sanitation its 2010 Volunteer of the Year.

Menard was honored during the chamber's annual dinner Jan. 28 at the West Side Ballroom. She was recognized for being a volunteer for the chamber as a board member since 2007 who has also devoted "countless hours" to many organizations in the community including the Foundation of CVPH, Plattsburgh Lions Club, and Plattsburgh Elks Lodge, among others.

"Michelle is the most compassionate and generous person I know," said chamber vice president Jody Parks. "She is always the first person to offer help in any situation and she truly cares about the people in our community."

"Her positive attitude is contagious and without even knowing it, she motivates others to get involved as well," she added.

Whether it is organizing the Polar Plunge, raising money for countless organizations, or supporting visionary projects like the Destination Master Plan, Menard's "energy, enthusiasm and skill are unsurpassed," said Parks.

"This was just one of the most remarkable times in my life," said Menard. "I'm just shocked. I'm very proud to be part of this community."

The presentation was bittersweet as it was also one of the last functions Menard will attend locally for some time as she and her husband, Kevin, are moving to Port Orange, Fla., where they will be closer to her mother and brother.

"We're going to be coming back to the community to visit. It's been a tough decision, but it's at a time when I'm needed by my family. We hope to be back."

"Shelly has made a huge difference in the lives of so many people in the North Country," said Parks. "We wish her the best of luck in her new community."

In addition to Menard, the chamber recognized the following: Business of the Year - PrimeLink; Business Person of the Year - Terry Meron; Small Business of the Year - Arnie's Restaurant; Economic Development Partner - William Farber, Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman.

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