A committee formed to select the next recipient of the Colleen Haag Public Service Award is seeking nominations through Feb. 11 for this year’s honoree.
The award was established in 2016 to honor Haag, Shelburne’s town clerk for 35 years, upon her retirement from that post. Haag still serves as town treasurer.
Looking to honor her example of professional and faithful service to the community, the award was launched so that “Shelburne would recognize one of its own with a Public Service Award to be presented to someone who by his or her actions exemplify the spirit of public service, who has shared his or her time, talent and energy for the betterment of our community, who inspires purpose, who drives lasting solutions, someone who makes a difference.”
The first Haag Award was given in 2017 to Jim Brangan, scoutmaster with the local Boy Scout troop and volunteer firefighter. The 2018 award was bestowed upon longtime Shelburne Police Chief Jim Warden following his retirement.
The 2019 Colleen Haag Public Service Award Team will consider nominations based on the following criteria as expressed in the establishment of the award:
- “Recognize one of its own” The nominee should be a resident of Shelburne. The committee recognizes, however, that some of Shelburne’s volunteers live in neighboring towns, so exceptional volunteer service by those living outside the community will be taken into account.
- “Someone who by his or her actions exemplifies the spirit of public service” The nominee should be someone who values and exemplifies the values of our community.
- “who has shared his or her time, talent and energy for the betterment of our community” The priority will be to select an individual who has volunteered their time, but others who have served in other capacities may be considered.
- “who inspires purpose, who drives lasting solutions, someone who makes a difference” The nominee will most likely continue to serve the community by inspiring others.
Only Shelburne residents may nominate someone for the award and the award team will only consider nominations sent via email (preferred), or U.S. mail. Email to HaagAward@gmail.com. Or send by postal mail to: Haag Award Team, c/o Shelburne Town Manager, P.O. Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 11. The award will be announced at Town Meeting on March 4.
The selection team members are: Brangan, Bud Ockert of the Veterans Monument Committee and Memorial Day ceremony coordinator, and Pierson Library Trustee Lisa Merrill.
For more information, contact the Award Team at: HaagAward@gmail.com.