Owen Milne takes the helm at Sailing Center

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Owen Milne takes the helm at Sailing Center

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 2:50pm -- tim

Mark Naud, left, and Owen Milne Community Sailing Center. Courtesy photo.

Vermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center (CSC), a nonprofit with a mission to provide community access to Lake Champlain, today announced Owen Milne as the new Executive Director of the organization. He takes over from Mark Naud. Milne previously held positions at Red Thread as a workplace consultant and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility as the Development Director.  His service to Vermont non-profits through board or committee positions is extensive, including United Way of Northwest Vermont and Leadership Champlain.  

“The Community Sailing Center plays an important role in making it easy for residents and visitors of our region to get into or onto our beautiful lake. Through its work, CSC is helping people learn about lake ecology, teaching valuable life lessons and cultivating leadership skills in young people.  The work of staff, board members, volunteers and donors, both past and present, have built a strong organization that is poised for growth and continued success,” Milne said.  

“We are impressed with Owen’s work with Spectrum on the development of their first social enterprise and are confident that he can lead our team as we start the next chapter of the Sailing Center – in our new home on the waterfront,” said Ted Castle, CSC board member, and search committee chair. 

The CSC’s current Executive Director, Mark Naud, will remain at the CSC to ensure a smooth transition as the sailing season begins and will continue to oversee final construction of The Pomerleau Community Waterfront Campus and Raymond P Sullivan Sailing Education Center through July.

Prior to assuming the role of ED in 2013, Naud served 15 years as a board member and is a trustee of the CSC. 

When we launched the capital campaign for our new campus and building, there was no better person to lead our efforts than Mark Naud,” said Karen Marshall, CSC board chair.  “As we near the completion of the Love Your Lake campaign and construction on the Sailing Center’s new home comes to fruition, Mark had signaled that it was time to step back from operations and management of the CSC and resume his role as a trustee.  We are so appreciative of his leadership and stewardship.”

“The new facilities will transform the opportunities for all Vermonters to access and develop a sense of ownership of Lake Champlain.  Designed by our Founder and Architect, Marcel Beaudin, the Net Zero energy building will provide all of its annual energy utilization from a rooftop solar array.  The new Sustainable Campus will incorporate the CSC’s community stewardship values – with our WAVES Initiative (Water. Access. Vitality. Environment. Stewardship.) - into all of the operations, providing a model for place-based experiential learning and engagement with Lake Champlain through STEM education, youth character development, and fun recreational programs,” said Naud.

Milne will join the CSC on June 5.  Naud will join Vermont Works Management Company, LLC in August as Executive Director of the Vermont Innovation Commons project, championing the development of a new real estate project to house a business accelerator with education, co-working and co-living space; providing facilities, services, and guidance to nurture startup and growth companies with sustainable business practices that will support their operating, economic and social success.

To learn more about the CSC and its new community waterfront facility, visit www.loveyourlakevt.org.

About Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center: A community-based non-profit organization, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center encourages and celebrates the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain by providing the community with educational and recreational access to Lake Champlain.  The Community Sailing Center (CSC) is a vital community resource on the Burlington Waterfront that serves over 6,000 people each year through award winning programs, which use human powered watercraft as a medium to instill a sense of ownership in one of Vermont’s most important natural resources.  A cornerstone of the Burlington waterfront for over 22 years, the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center inspires lake stewardship, provides universal access to the lake, and is connecting the community to Lake Champlain to preserve it for future generations.  To learn more about the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, please visit: www.CommunitySailingCenter.org

Source: Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center 6.1.2017