Peter S. Paine Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors of Champlain National Bank and its holding company, Champlain Bank Corporation, is pleased to announce that Teresa Sayward has been appointed to the Boards of Directors that governs both institutions.
“I am delighted to welcome Teresa Sayward to the Boards of Champlain National Bank and its parent company,” said Mr. Paine. “Her many years of commendable public service to the North Country and her commitment to the importance of community banking will enrich and strengthen our institution in the years ahead.”
“What makes our Board so effective is that its members come from such diverse backgrounds,” said President and CEO Joe Shaw. “Teresa’s wide knowledge of the institutions and people in our area will provide new insights as to how we may better serve our customers.”
From 2002 through 2012, Mrs. Sayward was the Representative for the 113th District in the New York Assembly, which included Essex County, Warren County, Hamilton County and six towns in Saratoga County. While in the Assembly, Sayward started the New York State Adirondack Caucus, which engaged downstate legislators in a better understanding of the issues in the Adirondacks. She was the co-chair of the NYS Bi-Partisan Committee on Women’s Rights and she served as ranking Minority Member of the Environmental Conservation Committee. She also served on the Standing Committees of Education, Corrections, Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, and Children and Families.
Before the Assembly, she was elected Willsboro Town Supervisor for 11 years, and in 2002 was honored as the Adirondack Park Local Government Outstanding Local Official for 2002. She also served as Chair of Essex County Board of Supervisors for two years. Among her many accomplishments locally was her initiative in helping to create the Noblewood Park and Nature Preserve in Willsboro on Lake Champlain.
“I look forward to serving on Champlain National Bank’s Board of Directors and the Board of Champlain National Bank Corporation,” Sayward said. “Champlain National Bank has proved itself to be a trusted, local financial institution for over a century with a deep commitment to serving its North Country neighbors. Keeping a vibrant community bank based in our region is of great importance to our economic well-being as Adirondackers.”
A life-long resident of the North Country, Sayward lives in Willsboro with Kenneth, her husband of 50 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren. She is an avid gardener and enjoys golfing, kayaking and traveling.
Champlain National Bank, founded in 1909, is locally owned and managed and has branches located in Willsboro, Westport, Elizabethtown, Crown Point, Keene, Plattsburgh, Champlain and Lake Placid and is committed to serving the banking needs of the region.