For nearly two decades, prospective families visiting CVA were greeted by the outstretched hand and caring smile of Dawn Smith. Throughout her almost 20 years with CVA, Dawn lived and breathed her dedication to the families and the mission of the Academy. Earlier this summer, she retired from her post as Director of Admissions.
As Big Dog parents and families navigated the admissions process, they were consistently reassured by Dawn’s patient and gentle ways. Her relationships with the families of CVA was always her favorite part of the work. Being an Admissions Director at a Ski and Snowboard Academy is daunting, at best, in that there is a limited pool of potential applicants, and finding a good fit between a student and CVA’s intensive program can be challenging. Over her term of service, Dawn became a trainer and a coach to the CVA staff, helping athletic coaches to have more tools at their disposal; helping them to know how to successfully identify and bring talented students and athletes to the school. As a trusted and wise member of the Academy’s Leadership Team, she was a key player in shaping the unique school CVA is today.
Dawn knew CVA was restructuring the Admissions department, and hiring a new director. As the 2017/18 school year-end drew closer, she continued to work diligently and remained fully committed to CVA; playing a key role in bringing in this year’s new crop of student-athletes.
It was an honor to have such a resource on the CVA team as Dawn, and she was equally honored to walk with every student-athlete family on their individual journey to decide to come to CVA. Her legacy lives with this final class of students she supported through their admissions process, and well beyond.
Her new email is firstname.lastname@example.org, she would love to hear from you!