Kathy S w: Ned & JoAnn


The Laura’s Spirit Award is presented annually to a Chittenden County community member who exemplifies Laura’s passion for working with or on behalf of disadvantaged children. The honoree, chosen by an organization supported by the LKW Fund, embodies Laura’s spirit of servicing her community and working to enrich the lives of children through educational programs that focus on the arts and nature.

Laura’s Spirit Award Honorees

2016: Sally Borden, Executive Director KidSafe Collaborative

2015: Susan Shattuck Ide, LICSW

Moriah McCullagh
S.A.N.E. nurse at University of Vermont Medical Center
Kiona Heath
H.O.P.E. Works Advocacy Services Coordinator

2013: Thomas Tremblay
Law Enforcement/Public Safety Consulting & Training

2013: Kathy Schirling
Board President of the Sara Holbrook Community Center

2012: Linda Wellings
Director of School Programs at Shelburne Farms

2011: Vickie Poulin
RN, Vermont Children’s Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

2010: Joan Carson 
RN & Clinical Coordinator Vermont Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, Fletcher Allen Health Care

2009: Gina Berk
Ed.D, Board President of the Humane Society of Chittenden County

2008: Tamara McFall
Burlington City Arts Clay Studio Director/Education Coordinator


“In a world that allows the life of Laura to be so senselessly taken, there also exists great love, hope and giving which are ever so powerful. I am honored to receive the Laura’s Spirit Award and will work hard to embody her values in my work. I am also honored to work with so many gentle, yet, passionate souls who want to make our world a better place for all.”

–Joan Carson, RN and Clinical Coordinator Vermont SANE Program