Roots of Prevention Awards

Our annual Roots of Prevention Award Celebration has grown over the years into an inspiring and energizing way to recognize individuals, programs, and organizations supporting supporting health and wellness in the Burlington community.

Do you know a person or program we should recognize?

Download this form and email us a nomination. Or fill out an online nomination here! Nominations are always being accepted for the next year’s event!

Become a Roots of Prevention Sponsor

Become a sponsor of our Roots of Prevention Award Ceremony and join us in recognizing and celebrating the individuals, programs, and organizations working to make Burlington a healthier and safer place for all of us! Click here to fill out our online sponsorship form. 

Save the date for the next virtual event on Wednesday, May 4th from 6:30-8:00pm. More details coming soon!


Previous Awardees:

• 2020 
DG Weaver Award: Deb Anger
Outstanding Program Award: Parent University
Outstanding Individual: Tian Berry
Youth and Families Award: Mellisa Cane

• 2019 
DG Weaver Award: Gayle Botelho
Outstanding Program Award: Dr. Betsy Hoza and Children & Teachers (CATS) on the Move
Outstanding Individual: Maia Vota
Outstanding Business Award: Ben Pincus, Aikido of Champlain Valley
Youth and Families Award: Ponga Lubula

• 2018 
DG Weaver Award: Hawa Adam
Outstanding Program Award: Burlington Boys Soccer: Jack Myers, Bob Day & Fran Demasi
Outstanding Group Award: BHS International Club
Youth and Families Award: Deena Murphy

• 2016 
DG Weaver Award: Move It! Move It! Program, Integrated Arts Academy
Program Award: The CHARM Collaborative
Individual Award: Clare Wool, parent volunteer
Youth and Families Award: Family Steering Committee, Janet S. Munt Family Room

• 2015
DG Weaver Award: Patty Wesley, BHS School Counselor & Director of Guidance & Counseling
Program Award: Boys & Girls Club Teen Program, Jack Stackhouse and Jeff Thompson
Individual Award: Melanie Needle, Senior Planner, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Youth and Families Award: Nurses of the Burlington School District

• 2014
DG Weaver Award: Suzy King & Beth Evans, Burlington High School
Program Award: UVM Living Well
Individual Award: Scott LaMothe, Vermont Junior Relay Program
Youth and Families Award: Flynn Center Youth Programs

• 2013
DG Weaver Award: Jan Shamberger, Burlington High School
Program Award: Howard Center Safe Recovery Program
Individual Award: Dwight Brown, Burlington High School
Youth and Families Award: Ben Lane, YMCA Camp Abnaki

• 2012
DG Weaver Award: Chaska Richardson, Champlain Elementary School
Business Award: Melissa Short, Waggy’s Store and Deli
Individual Award: Tim Moran, Howard Center
Youth and Families Award: Dottie Olio, Boys and Girls Club

• 2011
DG Weaver Award: Jane Zenaty – Hunt Middle School
Business Award: Cliff and Ellen Cooper – North Avenue News
Program Award: Evy Smith – Tobacco Quit in Person Program
Youth and Families Award: Karen Carr – J.J. Flynn Elementary School

• 2010
DG Weaver Award: Henri Sparks – Burlington High School
Matt Young – Howard Center
Larry Walters – Community volunteer
Kathy Olwell – Sarah Holbrook Center

DG Weaver Award: Brian Williams – Burlington High School
Becky Cassidy – First Night Burlington
Jim and Denise Messier – Burlington Youth Football

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