Champlain Voices – Self Advocacy

Champlain Voices

Champlain Voices meetings are open to anyone interested in self-advocacy.

At CCS, we encourage individuals to express themselves through self-advocacy — the skill and ability to take control over one’s life, make decisions, solve problems, and speak for oneself.

The CCS self-advocacy group, Champlain Voices, meets every Monday afternoon to plan social events, problem solve disability related challenges, mentor high school students, and connect with their peers.

Champlain Voices is part of a statewide network of advocacy groups that’s coordinated by Green Mountain Self Advocates.

Champlain Voices current slate of officers:

President, Nicole Villemaire
Vice President, Mark Utter
Secretary, Hassan Ko
Treasurer, Paul Nichols
DIY Newsletter Reporter, Bill Villemaire

We set goals

  • Something we want to learn
  • Something we want to raise awareness about
  • Something fun we want to do
  • A Community service we’d like to take part in.

AND . . . we met or exceeded many goals last year.

Mark Utter
In February 2016, Mark Utter delivered a speech on the State Budget at a Press Conference at the Vermont State House, organized by Vermont Care Partners.

Read Mark’s full testimony

Bowling Party
In August, Champlain Voices organized a Bowling Party at Spare Time. It also serve as a “Goodbye Party” for Thomas Caswell, who moved on to Project Search.

Voter Registration/Mock Election
In October, we worked with League of Women Voters and other partners to deliver voter registration education and training, organize official Voter Registration drive, and hold a Mock Election.

Learn more about Champlain Voices' Self Advocacy

Contact Emily Anderson, Advocacy Facilitator (802) 655-0511 x163

Email Emily