Commission Accepting Human Rights Award Nominations

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations through Jan. 27 for the 18th annual Human Rights Awards Program. The commission recognizes noteworthy individuals and groups that have aided in the understanding of cultural diversity and advocated for the human rights of city residents.

The awards committee will evaluate nominees based on community involvement, initiatives and humanitarianism. Eligible nominees are people living or working in Virginia Beach or anyone who has contributed to the promotion of human rights to benefit Virginia Beach residents.

The commission will present several types of awards. New this year is an award honoring youth, which will be given in memory of Helen P. Shropshire, a founding commission member and a lifetime human rights advocate and educator.

“We know there are many people who are committed to promoting awareness of diversity, inclusion and advocacy of human rights, and we look forward to receiving many nominations for these prestigious awards,” said Commission Chair Fay B. Silverman.

A nomination form must be attached to all entries. For more details and to obtain a Human Rights Award application, visit or call Human Resources at (757) 385-1158. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 27via e-mail, mail or hand delivery. E-mail completed applications to Mail to Department of Human Resources, c/o Human Rights Commission, 2424 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, Va. 23456. Or hand deliver to Municipal Center Bldg. 18, Room 106. Winning nominees will be honored at an awards program in the spring.