ECAR Presents Community Service and Affiliate of the Year Awards


The Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS® presented the 2010 Community Service Award and the 2010 Affiliate of the Year Award recently at the Surf & Turf Café at America’s on the Wharf in Norwich.


The Community Service Award is presented to an ECAR member who does significant work in the community for the benefit of charities, organizations and individuals.  The winner was Carol Christiansen of RE/MAX Realty Group in Gales Ferry. In addition to be very active in the Girl Scouts for 33 years in a number of leadership roles, Carol is active in the Ledyard Rotary Club and is their current Vice President. She has also participated in numerous service projects for a variety of local organizations. A donation of $500 was made to the Girl Scouts as part of the award.


The runner-up was William Champagne of The Partner Network, LLC in Norwich. In addition to being President of the Norwich Historical Society, Bill is Treasurer of the Preston Historical Society and has previously served in leadership positions for the Norwich Heritage Trust and Rose City Renaissance. A donation of $250 was made to the Norwich Historical Society as part of the award.


Other nominees included Stella Elbaum of Prudential Connecticut Realty, Pat Erricson of Prudential Connecticut Realty, Cathy Newlin of RE/MAX Home Team, and Michele Peters of Prudential Connecticut Realty.


The Affiliate Award is presented to an Affiliate member who has contributed to the ECAR community, has a reputation for ethical conduct and exemplifies the REALTOR® spirit, offers valuable service and/or information or products to members, and participates in ECAR events and is on ECAR committee(s). The winner was Hughes “Toby” Griffis of Waller, Smith, & Palmer, P.C. Toby has served the association for many years, serving as legal counsel for the Association as well as its Professional Standards Committee. He has actively participated in a number of ECAR committees. In the community he has served in leadership positions for numerous local civic and government organizations, has taught numberous real estate continuing education courses, and has been Chairman of the New London County Bank Bar Committee for Real Estate Lawyers since 1995.


Other nominees for the award included Chris Albanese of the Law Firm of Chris Albanese, Dennis Palmer of Citizens Mortgage, and Jon Peck of Peck & Tuneski, P.C.


A video of the Community Service Award presentation can be viewed at


A video of the Affiliate of the Year Award presentation can be viewed at