Diocesan Financial Administrator Julie Giguere Announces February 2018 Retirement
BURLINGTON, VERMONT – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” Folks are often surprised to learn that this popular maxim is attributed to Jesus. That’s because it is a guiding principle for so many, not all of whom spend their Sundays in church. Perhaps no one knows this better than Julie Giguere, Financial Administrator for the Episcopal Church in Vermont. After 14 years of faithful service to the diocese, helping to manage our treasury, Julie has announced her intent to retire her post on February 23, 2018, and to invest a bit more time and energy in treasures of her own.
After thoughtful consideration, Julie made the decision to retire to allow greater flexibility in her life to become more fully involved in the family construction business and to spend time with her two young grandchildren who live in Seattle.
Julie commented, “Working for the diocese has been a rewarding experience and has always challenged me. I am grateful for my time with the Episcopal Church in Vermont, the Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely, Canon Lynn Bates, my colleagues at the diocesan office, and local congregations, and I’m proud to have contributed to a chapter in diocesan history that will be remembered for its focus on social justice and local mission.”
The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, bishop of Vermont, said, “The Episcopal Church in Vermont has been well-served by Julie’s year’s of excellent service. Her attention to detail and her wide-range of knowledge in the areas of finance, human resources and property has been a gift both at the local and diocesan level. I have confidently relied on Julie for so much over the years and I will miss her presence and expertise in the Diocesan Office. We wish her well!”
Today Julie’s responsibilities include accounting for the diocesan budget, diocesan-wide benefits and insurance administration and grants and loan administration. Additionally, Julie works closely with the Trustees of the Diocese on property matters and helping to administer the diocesan Unit Fund and with treasurers, wardens, and clergy providing guidance and support at the request of the diocese’s 45 congregations. During her tenure she has amassed a great deal of institutional knowledge.
Bishop Ely added, “We are currently reviewing the many responsibilities that Julie has managed so well for so long and will use this occasion to assess our needs in the areas of finance, property and human resources and provide for these needs within the constraints of the current budget.
Following her retirement, Julie will no longer be making the daily commute to and from Rock Point, but she will still be a familiar face in Burlington’s North End, where she resides just a mile away. For where her treasure is, there her heart will also be.