Weinberger Congratulates "Celebrate Burlington" Event Award Recipients and Recognizes 15-Year Anniversary of Community Justice Center


May 30, 2013
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Weinberger Congratulates “Celebrate Burlington” Event Award Recipients and Recognizes 15-Year Anniversary of Community Justice Center

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger this evening congratulated “Celebrate Burlington” Event Award Recipients and recognized the 15-year anniversary of the Community Justice Center of the Community and Economic Development Office.  At a festive event featuring food, fun, and awards in City Hall’s Contois Auditorium, the City of Burlington continued its annual tradition of recognizing through special awards staff and community members who help build stronger, safer, more vibrant, greener communities.  The event also included a preview of the Diversity and Equity Strategic Plan and recognition of the NPAs that have been shaping neighborhood concerns for 30 years.  

Award winners were:

  • Lea Terhune, Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA) Steering Committee member from Wards 4/7 – Herb Bloomenthal Award for Community Activism
  • Annie Bourdon, founder and executive director of CarShare Vermont – Peter Clavelle Award for Sustainability
  • Ken Schatz, founder of the Community Justice Center (CJC) and Chair of the CJC Citizens’ Advisory Committee – newly-created Ken Schatz Award

Please see attached event program for more information about the award recipients.

“This event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the neighbors, community partners, and City staff who make Burlington a great place to live, work, and play,” said Weinberger.  “I offer sincere congratulations to Lea, Annie, and Ken and thank them for their significant contributions toward improving the fabric of our community.” 

The Community Justice Center, Vermont’s first, was founded during the Administration of Mayor Peter Clavelle and since has grown to encompass Restorative Justice Panels, Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime, Offender Reentry Services, and Graffiti Removal.

Weinberger added:  “I am proud that our Community Justice Center was the first in Vermont, has served as a model for many programs across the country, and is an integral part of meeting one of my priorities as Mayor – improving public safety.”


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