Richmond History Makers

The Valentine launched Richmond History Makers in 2005 to annually recognize, honor and celebrate those everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that are making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region.


Public nominations are accepted each year beginning on May 1 and ending on June 30.

The nomination period has ended for this year.

Nominees should be individuals, companies and organizations who are benefiting our community by mentoring best practices, leading successful initiatives and contributing positively through innovative methods.

Nominees should be selected based upon distinction in one of the following categories:

  • Creating Quality Educational Opportunities:

    Nominee will have enhanced educational opportunities for citizens, improved academic achievement, or ensured a safe, constructive learning environment.

  • Demonstrating Innovative Solutions:

    Nominee will have demonstrated innovation and vision in making the Richmond region a better place to live, work, or visit.

  • Encouraging Regional Collaboration:

    Nominee will have endeavored to bring together different entities to develop solutions that improve efficiency and effectiveness of programs across jurisdictions.

  • Improving Social Justice:

    Nominee will have shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access and opportunity for all.

  • Promoting Stronger Communities:

    Nominee will have worked to address problems, develop initiatives, or pokies online make lasting improvements that result in stronger, more stable communities.


 RHM Honorees

From the left: Darcy S. Oman, Jesse Oremland, Carol Olson, Ana Edwards, Paula Buckley, Ayn Welleford, Bettsy Heggie, Thelma Watson

2015 Honorees

  • Promoting Stronger Communities: Darcy S. Oman, The Community Foundation
  • Improving Social Justice: Ana Edwards, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
  • Creating Quality Education Opportunities: GRASP - Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.
  • Demonstrating Innovative Solutions: WRIR-LP 97.3 FM
  • Encouraging Regional Collaboration: The Greater Richmond Age Wave


Each of the five honorees are recognized at the annual Richmond History Makers Celebration on October 18, 2016 from 6-8:30 pm.

Tickets for the 2016 Celebration will go on sale in September.


2016 Sponsors