Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award

Every community has people who work to build an environment that promotes fair and equal treatment for everyone. Often their special efforts are unrecognized outside their own circle of friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) seeks to recognize and support the efforts of these individuals through the Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award, which is presented every December in conjunction with Human Rights Day. While nominations are open year-round, the deadline for submitting nominations for the current year is Sept 30. Nominations received after Sept 30 will be considered for the following year's award.


Bill Hobbs

Bill Hobbs served on the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission from 1965-1995, joining shortly after moving to Golden Valley.

In 1999, he received the HRC's first Human Rights Award, named after Hobbs himself. The award is meant to recognize an outstanding citizen who has worked to build an environment that promotes fair and equal treatment for everyone.

Since then, the Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award has been presented to eight community members/organizations for their dedication in making Golden Valley a more welcoming and inclusive city.


Submit a nomination online »
(nomination deadline is Sept 30)

Award Eligibility

  • Nominees must live, work, or conduct business in Golden Valley during the nomination year.
  • Nominee activities proposed for recognition should have a positive impact or clearly improved understanding or cooperation in the areas of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or familial status.
  • Nominee services must be either voluntary or above and beyond a paid employee's usual job responsibilities.
  • Members of the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission are not eligible for the award while serving on the commission.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by either an individual or an organization (ie, a club, social agency, unit of government, religious denomination, school, or business). Fill out the online nomination form (deadline is Sept 30, 2019).

Selection Process

  • The recipient is selected by members of the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission.
  • The Commission may give special consideration to activities that have occurred for an extended time, at least part of which have taken place during the current year, and that have had a significant impact on an affected group or individual.

Award Presentation

The award is presented during a City Council Meeting. The recipient's name is inscribed on a plaque permanently displayed in Golden Valley City Hall. In addition, the recipient receives a similar plaque inscribed with his/her organization's name.

Past Recipients

  • 2018 - Rose McGee
  • 2016 - Thomas Carlson
  • 2016 - Pride Festival Steering Committee
  • 2009 - Tom Henderlite
  • 2005 - Hilmer Erickson
  • 2002 - Mary E. Anderson
  • 2001 - Ronald Davis
  • 1999 - Bill Hobbs