WomenSafe honors Natalie Peters as a world changer

MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe has named Natalie Peters of Middlebury as the recipient of the 2014 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. A public reception will be held on Wednesday, March 26, from 5-6:30 p.m. at 109 Catamount Park in Middlebury to honor and celebrate Peters’ dedication to the community. Refreshments will be provided.
WomenSafe presents the award annually to a woman in Addison County or Rochester whose outstanding work and achievements have had positive impacts on and furthered the safety of women and/or children in the community. The award ceremony is held in March as part of National Women’s History Month.
Peters was raised in Onawa, Iowa. She graduated from Carleton College in 1953, took education classes at the University of Iowa and then received certification to teach art in secondary school. She earned her MFA in architecture from the University of Washington in 1996.
Peters moved to Middlebury in 1966 and has served on many local boards in various capacities including one the Addison County Parent/Child Center Board, from its beginning in 1980 to the present. Peters helped to establish the center and was chair for nine years. She currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Finance and Buildings Committee.
She has also served on the boards of the Mary Johnson Children’s Center, the Dr. Pete Society and the Middlebury Co-operative Nursery School. She served on the UD-3 board for nine years, four of them as chair.
She has served the town of Middlebury in various capacities. She was on the Planning Commission for 12 years, is the current chair of the Development Review Board, and was on the Steering Committee for the development of the town offices and recreational facilities.
For more information the WomenSafe reception, contact WomenSafe at 388-9180.

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