The Snowflake

Like a snowflake, every worker is unique!

There is more to our snowflake than meets the eye. Yes, our home office is in Vermont, the state where we were founded, and it snows a lot here. Vermont’s many ski areas and resorts reflect the importance of snow on the Vermont economy. And from the earliest memories of our childhood, many of us can remember hearing the phrase “no two snowflakes are alike.” This discovery was made in the small rural town of Jericho, Vermont by Wilson A. “Snowflake” Bentley (1865-1931).

“Snowflake” Bentley found that snowflakes were “miracles of beauty.” This statement and his discovery that no two snowflakes are alike made me think of the many participants who have and will continue to flow through our training programs. Like the snowflake, and regardless of who they are, each of our participants is truly a miracle of beauty and yes, no two of them are alike. Because of this I decided to make the snowflake our logo, appearing on everything that has to do with Vermont Associates for Training and Development Inc., now A4TD.  The snowflake naturally became the name of our newsletter (and no two of them are alike), the first issue published in January 1985.

Timely communication has always been a key to our success and we continue to stay in close contact with our staff, statewide and national partners, participant trainees, and friends. We will work hard to keep these partnerships growing, to include more relating to aging, health, and the state of older workers in our service area and nationally. Please feel free to share your story with us on this. We look forward to many rich, compelling dialogues.

Enjoy! Pat Elmer, Founder, President and CEO