Herb Bloomenthal Award for Community Activism

The Herb Bloomenthal Award for Community Activism honors volunteers whose leadership, tenacity and dedication have 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. See below for winners of previous years. 


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 Griesser
  • 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, 
  • 2018, Aden Haji, Youth Leader of Burlington