Community Awards and Celebrations


The Celebrate Burlington Awards are community development awards which celebrate upstanding citizens in our community. Featured Awards include:




Created in 2013 to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to restorative justice, community-based responses to crime and conflict, and helping people stay out of (or preventing their return to) the criminal justice system. Ken Schatz was a founder of the Community Justice Center (CJC) and Chair of the CJC Citizens' Advisory Committee, and currently is the Commissioner for the Department of Children and Families



Previous Award winners are:

  • 2013: Ken Schatz, Founder of the Community Justice Center
  • 2014, Sally Fox, Vermont State Senator
  • 2015, Richard Kemp, Community Justice Center Founder, Citizen Advisory Committee  Chair
  • 2016, Marija Valencak, CJC Citizens' Advisory Committee Member 



Honors a professional whose leadership has advanced social equity, environmental stewardship, quality education, economic growth and vitality in Burlington. If you would like to nominate a person for the annual Peter Clavelle Award, which recognizes an individual whose efforts have helped make Burlnigton a better place to live, work and play, please contact Jennifer Green at or call 802-865-7532. Peter Clavelle was the mayor of Burlington for 15 years, the longest tenure of any mayor in the city's history (1995 - 2006)


Previous Award winners are:

  • 2005: Peter Clavelle
  • 2006: Jane Knodell
  • 2007: Chapin Spencer
  • 2008: Hal Colston
  • 2009: Jim Flint
  • 2010: Jeanne Collins
  • 2011: Jacob Bogre
  • 2012: Caryl Stewart
  • 2013: Annie Bourdon, Founder and Executive Director of CarShare Vermont
  • 2014: Andy Jones, Manager of the Intervale Community Farm
  • 2015: Donald Wright, Very Merry Theatre
  • 2016: Gail Shampnois, Director of UVM's Office of Student and Community Relations 
  • 2017
  • 2018: Karen Freudenberg, Founder of Pine Island Farm and an instrumental member of the electric bike rebate program



Honors volunteers whose leadership, tenacity and dedication has somehow improved Burlington's neighborhoods.

Herb Bloomenthal was a very active Ward 1 resident who is credited with advancing efforts like Green Up Day and the expansion of the Bike Path. He passed away in 2000, but is remembered for his character, level of determination and commitment, compassion for his neighbors, and dedication to the truth. 


Previous Award winners are:

  • 2001, Carolyn Bates, Director of Carolyn Bates Photography
  • 2002, Gus Buchanan, Rock Point School History Teacher, Outdoor Educator, Apiarist
  • 2003, Donna Bister
  • 2004, Charlie Krumholz
  • 2005, Bonnie Acker
  • 2006, Wayne Senville
  • 2007, Richard Kemp
  • 2008, Helaine (Lainey) D. Rappaport
  • 2009, Megnath & Madhu Neupane
  • 2010, Sara Martinez de Osaba
  • 2011, John Grisser
  • 2012, Jeetan Khadka, Community Activist & Young Adult Navigator at Spectrum Youth & Family Services
  • 2013, Lea Terhune, Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA) Steering Committee member from Wards 4/7
  • 2014, James Holway, Neighborhood Activist in the New North End
  • 2015, Sandra L. Baird, Burlington Attorney, Burlington College Faculty, Burlington Telecom Advisory Board Member, Former State Representative
  • 2016, Peggy O'Neil, Bike/walk and Parent Activist
  • 2017, Rivan Calderin, member of Social Justice Union at BHS,