Jean Haggerty Award

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The Jean Haggerty Award for Community Service recognizes individuals who believe in and demonstrate the importance of community engagement to obtain social change. Jean Haggerty was a producer and board member of ACTV and overall community activist for many years in Amherst. This award is in honor of Jean’s lifetime dedication to community betterment and advocacy towards free speech for those without a voice.

Previous winners include:

  • 2010: Isaac Ben Ezra
  • 2011: Cynthia Brubaker
  • 2012: Ed Severance
  • 2013: Founders of Student News: Joshua Wolsun, Jessie Chasan-Taber, Charles Brewer & Graham Churchill.
  • 2014: Judy Brooks
  • 2015: Jerry Gates
  • 2016: Ellen Story
  • 2017: Rotary Club of Amherst
  • 2018: Amherst League of Women Voters
  • 2019: Pat Ononibaku


2019 Jean Haggerty Award Presentation

2019 Jean Haggerty Award Presentation


Judy Brooks
Jul 19, 2018

Judy Brooks, a long-time member of the Amherst community and a committed activist for human rights, social justice, and intrinsic dignity, died last week at the age of 74. Judy and her husband Barry initially moved to Amherst in 1971 to co-direct the ABC House. She subsequently taught at Pelham Elementary for over thirty years. Among many other contributions to the community, Judy served on the town's Select Board, the Housing Authority, and as an active member of the League of Women Voters.

Jerry Gates receives Jean Haggerty Award
Oct 27, 2015

On October 21, Jerry Gates received the Jean Haggerty Award at the Amherst Media annual meeting. The award was presented by Matt Heron-Duranti and preceded by a statement from last year's recipient Judy Brooks.

Jerry Gates
Oct 13, 2015

You are cordially invited to help celebrate Jean Haggerty’s legacy by honoring this year’s Amherst Media’s Jean Haggerty award honoree: Jerry Gates.  You are invited to attend the 40th Amherst Media Annual Meeting on Wednesday, 6:30 PM, October 21, 2015 at 246 College Street, Amherst.

Amherst Media’s Board of Directors have voted Jerry Gates their choice as this year’s Jean Haggerty award winner for his years of dedication to the ideals inherent in the award.

Sep 15, 2015

We invite you to attend the 40th Amherst Media Annual Meeting on Wednesday, 6:30 PM, October 21, 2015, to engage with the organization, celebrate the Jean Haggerty Award honoree, and review proposed bylaw changes.

Jean Haggerty Award: Judy Brooks
Oct 29, 2014

Amherst Media held our 39th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. We were pleased to have State Representative Ellen Story join us to present the 2014 Jean Haggerty Award to Judy Brooks for her outstanding community service. Below are some photos of the presentation as well as the video. Head over to our Flickr account for more photos in high res form.