Class of 2013’s Pantel to Receive Burlington Dismas House Atherton Award
- By Jennifer Nachbur
Fourth-year University of Vermont medical student Haddon Pantel first learned about the Burlington Dismas House, a residential program that aims to reconcile prisoners with society and society with prisoners, as a UVM undergraduate student. Later, while pursuing medical studies at UVM and looking for a local volunteer opportunity with his wife, the couple became closely linked to the program as Volunteer Cooks. On Saturday, April 6, 2013, their efforts will be recognized with the 2013 Ann Atherton Award at the 28th Annual Burlington Dismas House Dinner & Auction.
Named for a long-time Dismas volunteer, the Ann Atherton Award is presented annually to dedicated volunteers who through their efforts, make a difference in the Dismas community.
“I have been a Dismas volunteer now for about five years now,” says Pantel. “Both my wife and I cook dinner at the house once a month. I have met many people from many different backgrounds over the course of my time at Dismas.”
Dismas Vermont, which has residences in Burlington, Winooski, Rutland and Hartford, seeks to serve former prisoners in their difficult transition from prison to the community, assuring harmony in their lives and greater public safety. The Burlington Dismas House was founded in 1986.
“It has been a great way to give back to my local community and also stay in touch with many diverse people from all over,” says Pantel. “The experience has truly kept me grounded during my time in medical school.”
Pantel will receive his medical degree from the UVM College of Medicine on Sunday, May19, 2013, following which he will be serving a residency in general surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.