The Middlebury College Citizen’s Awards program recognizes local residents who have helped to strengthen the Addison County community. 

The Middlebury College Citizen’s Awards program began during the College’s Bicentennial year in 2000. It recognizes local residents who have helped to strengthen the Addison County community. In 2009 the Citizen’s Awards were renamed in honor of President Emeritus John M. McCardell Jr. and his wife Bonnie, who fostered an ethic of public service in the Middlebury community.

Medals have been presented to residents of Middlebury and surrounding towns for their service in fields including medicine, education, business, philanthropy, government, the arts, and civic contributions. The selection committee particularly seeks to honor those who have contributed through their volunteerism, community service, and engagement of issues facing our community.

Awardees

To date there have been more than 70 recipients of the Citizen’s Award presented by Middlebury College to recognize local residents who have helped strengthen the Addison County community through their public service:

2019

Name Public Service

Cleon Bigelow

Addison Fair and Field Days, Lions Volunteer

Helen Bigelow

Board of Retired Senior Volunteers, Lions, American Legion Auxiliary

Carol Green

After Dark Music Series

Harvey Green

After Dark Music Series

Barbara Saunders

Mary Johnson Children’s Center

Claire Ayer ’92

Former State Senator for Addison County

Mark Perrin

Green Peppers Restaurant, Community Volunteer

2018

Name Public Service

David Donahue

Community Relations

Kerri Louray Duquette-Hoffman

WomenSafe

Fran Putnam

Teacher and Environmental Activist

Harold Strassner

Habitat for Humanity

Edmund F. Sullivan

Safety Officer and First Responder

Kerri Louray Duquette-Hoffman and President Laurie Patton

Middlebury Honors Community Members with McCardell Citizen’s Award

Kerri Louray Duquette-Hoffman, left, the executive director of WomenSafe, in Middlebury, was one of five recipients of the 2018 Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards. President Laurie Patton hosted the awards dinner at the President’s House on October 29, 2018.

2017

Name Public Service

Johana Brakeley

Pediatrician

Barry King

Environmental Educator

Warren King

Conservationist

Richard Thodal

Community TV Producer

Middlebury President Laurie Patton honors 2017 Citizens Award Recipients

Middlebury Honors Four Citizens for Exemplary Service to the Community

President Patton honored Johana Brakeley, Barry King, Warren King, and Richard Thodal at a ceremony on October 30, 2017.

2016

Name Public Service

Betty Nuovo

State Representative

David M. Sears

Cornwall firefighter and local sports announcer

President Patton presents the Citizen's Award to State Rep. Betty Nuovo.

Middlebury Honors Betty Nuovo and David Sears for Community Service

President Patton presents the Citizen’s Award to State Rep. Betty Nuovo.

 

2014-2015

Name Public Service

Bruce Byers ’55

Town Hall Theater and Community Volunteer

Suzanne H. Byers ’55

Porter Hospital Auxiliary and Community Volunteer

Robin Huestis

Round Robin and Middlebury Community Players

Natalie D. Peters

Mary Johnson Children’s Center, Addison County Parent/Child Center, and Community Volunteer

President Laurie L. Patton presents the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards

Middlebury Honors Four Residents for Exceptional Service to the Community

Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to Addison County residents Bruce and Suzanne Byers, Robin Huestis, and Natalie Peters at a celebratory dinner on January 26, 2016, on the college campus.

2013-2014

Name Public Service

Douglas Anderson

Town Hall Theater

David Brynn

Vermont Family Forests Foundation

Ron Liebowitz with McCardell Citizen's Award winners David Brynn and Douglas Anderson

College Honors Two Citizens for Public Service

Past Middlebury president Ron Liebowitz with McCardell Citizen’s Award winners David Brynn (center) and Douglas Anderson.

2012-2013

Name Public Service

Joanne Corbett

Elderly Services, Inc.

Don Keeler

Public Service and Sheriff’s Department

The 2012-13 citizens award is presented to Joanne Corbett and Donald M. Keeler Jr.

College Honors Two Citizens for Public Service

Past president Ronald D. Liebowitz presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to Addison County residents Joanne Corbett and Donald M. Keeler Jr. on June 4 at a dinner on the college campus.

2011-2012

Name Public Service

Nancy C. Malcolm

Public and Community Service

Thomas L. Munschauer

Addison County Humane Society and Arts

Thomas Munschauer, Nancy Malcolm, and Ronald D. Liebowitz

Malcolm, Munschauer receive Citizens’ Awards

Past Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizens’ Awards for outstanding community service to Middlebury residents Nancy Malcolm and Thomas Munschauer on June 11, 2012 on the college campus.

2010-2011

Name Public Service

Liz Cronin

Face Off Against Breast Cancer Hockey Tournament and Health Educator

Michael G. (Mickey) Heinecken

United Way of Addison County and Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association

Susan Carpenter Vigne ’83

Aurora School and Community Service

Ron Liebowitz with recipients Liz Cronin, Mickey Heinecken, and Susan Vigne

College honors three residents for community service

Past Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to three area residents on April 11, 2011, at Kirk Alumni Center on the college campus.

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