The Williamsburg Mace Bearer's Award recognizes individuals or groups who have made a lasting, positive impact on the City of Williamsburg community. This award, launched in 2022, is the first and only given by City Council to community members.
The nomination process is open to the public. The 2023 nomination cycle runs through Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. Please review the full criteria before submitting your nomination.
The Williamsburg Mace Bearer’s Award should recognize individuals or groups who have contributed to the City of Williamsburg’s commitment to being a community where all people who live, work, and visit have the opportunity to thrive.
Nominees must reside or work within the City of Williamsburg or must have resided or worked within the City of Williamsburg during the time of their contributions to the community.
Nominees must have made a significant contribution to the City of Williamsburg community beyond what is expected from their employment/professional role.
Nominees must have demonstrated creative leadership that has positively contributed to the cohesion and unity of the City of Williamsburg community.
Nominees must have contributed to positive change and added value to the City of Williamsburg community.
Sitting members of state, federal, and local governments are not eligible.
The inaugural Williamsburg Mace Bearer's Award was presented to Jim Joseph on Dec. 8, 2022. His leadership as longtime president of the Neighborhood Council of Williamsburg established the group as a vital resource for residents.
The award is named for the Mace of the City, a Colonial-era artifact that is now part of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s museum collections. In the 18th century, maces were used ceremonially to convey the importance of an event or function. It is believed that the Mace of the City of Williamsburg was carried in a municipal procession on May 1, 1783, in celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War.