Issued April 1, 2013
For Immediate Release
DANIELLE M. MARTEL OF ST. ALBANS APPOINTED TO STATE WOMEN’S COMMISSION
(Montpelier) – Speaker of the Vermont House Shap Smith has appointed Danielle Martel of St. Albans to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.
Commissioner Martel currently serves as President of Franklin County's branch of Business and Professional Women (BPW), which strives to achieve equity in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Commissioner Martel manages many different BPW committees, coordinates meetings and events, helps raise awareness and awards scholarships for community members.
BPW and the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) have a decades-old working relationship. “BPW membership has worked hand-in-hand with VCW on issues of pay equity in Vermont, really moving the needle to close the wage gap.” Commissioner Martel said. “We were there with the Commission testifying back in 2002 on Vermont’s Equal Pay Act. Every year we partner together to educate policy makers on Equal Pay Day (April 9th this year) - symbolizing the time in the new year in which the wages paid to women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year due to the wage gap. I’m excited to enrich and inform that partnership and forward both organization’s missions by serving as a Commissioner.”
Commissioner Martel brings a wealth of experience and skills to the Commission. She is currently employed as a Machinist at Superior Technical Ceramic while pursuing two college degrees: one in Business at Community College of Vermont, and the other in Nursing at the University of South Dakota in Brookings. After graduating from Vermont Technical College’s LPN Program in 2006, she worked at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington. During her high school and college years she worked as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at Redstone Villa in St. Albans. Commissioner Martel plans to open her own hospice and palliative care facility in the St. Albans area by 2020.
Commissioner Martel resides in her native St. Albans.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency dedicated to legislative, economic, social, and political fairness. Launched in 1964 by a call to action from President Kennedy, VCW is charged with reducing discrimination and encouraging opportunities for women. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide the VCWs public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 1-800-881-156 and many publications, including the handbook: The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont. For more information, visit www.women.vermont.gov.