Edwin Colodny was awarded the 2004 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award during the college’s 126th Commencement Ceremony. Each year the College singles out an individual from the community who displays exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service, and dynamic leadership. In his remarks at Commencement, the chairman of Champlain’s board of trustees, William G. Post, Jr., described Colodny as a humble leader who has been a vital force in the economic, intellectual and artistic life of the area over the course of six decades.The Burlington native was president, CEO, and chairman of the board of US Airways, and chairman of the board of Comcast Corporation. He was on counsel in a high-powered Washington law firm and he was a sought-after corporate board member.He returned to Burlington three years ago to guide the University of Vermont through its fourth presidential transition in seven years. Colodny drove key initiatives forward aggressively and left the school a stronger place for his successor.After leaving UVM and retiring yet again, Colodny almost immediately stepped into another executive role, serving as interim CEO at Fletcher Allen Health Care during a challenging year in the history of the state’s largest hospital. Colodny serves on the boards of the Vermont Law School, Vermont Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, Shelburne Museum, and the New England Culinary Institute. He’s a member of the Rotary Club and he’s chairing the steering committee for Governor Douglas’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.“He’s just a guy who can’t say no,” says David Coates, who has worked with Colodny on a number of boards. “He has the ability to ask the right questions and in a way that’s not intimidating. As a result, he gets the right answer. And he has an amazing ability to analyze a very complicated matter and bring it down to a level that everyone can understand.”Theresa Albergini DiPalma, a friend and colleague at Fletcher Allen, says, “Ed’s a people person at the core of it all. He understands that so much in life is about relationships. He’s somebody who always has time to stop and talk.”Colodny’s love of the arts, reverence for education and affection for his hometown are essential parts of who is, Post noted. “That infuses his work with a special kind of energy and enthusiasm, and we, as a community, are fortunate to benefit from it.”
The first ever detergent refill operation in Guyana was launched on Saturday by Dunae Trading Company. The company, which is a local manufacturer of liquid detergents and sanitizers, introduced this initiative so as to utilize plastic containers which are meant to be discarded.Co-owner of the business, Dwayne Younge, explained that this initiative will help to decrease the amount of waste being generated by householders.“We’ve just provided a space for persons who want to be environmentally conscious and…save on the cost they’re paying for detergents” he noted.Younge also noted that consumers who wish to take advantage of the low cost for detergents can bring their containers to the centre and refill them with their choice of liquid detergent. In this process, persons would also assist in the reduction of plastic packaging and utilisation of unwanted plastic bottles.There presently are eight types of cleansing agents available, primarily dishwashing liquid, antibacterial hand soap, multipurpose cleanser, disinfectant liquid, laundry detergent, fabric softener, car wash liquid, and degreaser liquid.Persons who wish to support this environmentally-friendly initiative can visit the centre at the Harris Paints Building at Third Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).