Barbara Snelling has been selected as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Mark and Senator Diane Snelling will present the prestigious award at the 2002 Citizen of the Year Banquet, which will take place Wednesday, October 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Burlington. Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri will lead a lively evening of roasts and toasts, with speakers Helen Riehle, Fred Hackett, Sheldon Prentice, Charlie Kittredge, and Rabbi Max Wall.In the crowded field of awards given to Vermont community members, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award has become one of the most prestigious. Presented annually for nearly four decades, the Citizen of the Year Award honors the person who contributes to Vermont communities through service, self sacrifice, and volunteerism.”I can’t think of anyone more deserving to receive our Citizen of the Year award,” stated Chamber President Chris Barbieri. “Barbara Snelling has touched generations of Vermonters through her support of many organizations as well as her substantial years of public service as Lieutenant Governor and Senator.””It certainly is very exciting and flattering to be honored with this award,” noted Barbara Snelling. “We have strong communities in Vermont and that’s because people get involved on all levels.”The Snelling name is not new to Vermont. For many Vermont citizens, the name “Snelling” represents professional values, dedication, philanthropy, personal integrity, and the will to endure.Daughter and Senator Diane Snelling, with whom Mrs. Snelling works closely to this day, remembers “When the State of Vermont was in shock over the sudden death of her husband, Barbara comforted and reassured people by her bravery in grief.” Five years later, when Mrs. Snelling’s life was threatened by illness, “the same determination and success also led to her miraculous recovery… she instantly became a symbol of overcoming adversity against all odds.”Mrs. Barbara Snelling’s list of achievements is long: Lieutenant Governor and two-term State Senator; President of Snelling & Kolb for fourteen years. She has been a Board Chair, Trustee, or Board Member of dozens of charitable and community organizations, with interests ranging from education and the arts, to humanitarian concerns. She has received a number of honorary degrees. Currently, Mrs. Snelling is a member of the United States Peace Institute, appointed by President Clinton.The Citizen of the Year Award dates back to 1964. Past recipients include Diane Mueller (2001), Francis G.W. Voigt (2000), Governor Thomas Salmon (1996), Sister Elizabeth Candon (1985), and Perry Merrill (1978).