Queen City residents recognized for work in the community in ‘Celebrate Burlington Awards’

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Queen City held their annual ‘Celebrate Burlington Awards’ on Tuesday, honoring residents who have gone above and beyond to help their community.

Owen Milne and Dan Hock took home the Peter Clavelle Award, which recognizes individuals who have helped make Burlington a better place to live.

Milne is the executive director of the Community Sailing Center and chairs a committee with Spectrum Vermont that does job skills training.

Hock is the program director at Old Spokes Home, and played a large role in helping the bike shop merge with another facility to help provide better service and give low-income residents more financial support to purchase a bike.

The Herb Bloomenthal Award, which honors community activism, was awarded to Aden Haji, a University of Vermont student who works to plan recreational activities that promote youth engagement.

“I feel really humble and proud just being able to know that there are people out there watching out for the work that I do,” Haji said. “I know there’s a lot of other people out there that are doing amazing work, and I just wanted to let them know to keep doing what they’re doing even though they might be doing it silently.”

Sgt. Brian DeFranco with the Burlington Police Department won the Ken Schatz Award for commitment to restorative justice. He was unable to attend the ceremony, but Deputy Chief Jon Murad accepted it on his behalf.

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