Jack Barry Communications Award

The Jack Barry Communications Award is named for Jack Barry, one of Vermont’s premier communicators. On his television and radio shows, Barry provided a platform for individuals in recovery from mental health conditions and substance use disorders, and he was a powerful advocate about the importance of recovery. As a Vermont State Senator, he reminded us all that individuals can and should speak out publicly on behalf of all Vermonters.

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Nominate an Awardee for 2022!

Nominations are now closed. Thank you for your nominations. This award will be presented to the recipient on Recovery Day 2022.

Congratulations to the 2021 Jack Barry Award Recipient, Ed Baker!

Every year the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery and Recovery Vermont give out the Jack Barry Communications Award during Recovery Day, to an individual or group who has done a powerful job in communicating recovery. In 2021, the award was given to Ed Baker, a champion and advocate in recovery for over the past 36 years. Baker is the host and producer of the Addiction Recovery Channel (ARC).

Ed Baker accepting the Jack Barry Award on February 17, 2021 on Zoom

Past Jack Barry Award Recipients

Recovery Day with Recovery Vermont at State Street, Montpelier, VT, Feb. 12, 2020. (James Buck / Recovery Vermont)

Receiving the Jack Barry Award in February 2020, is Cathy Resmer (left), Deputy Publisher from Seven Days and Maura (right), Kate O’Neill’s sister for Kate O’Neill’s series in Seven Days “Hooked.”

Aspenti Health

Barbara Cimaglio

Bess O’Brien

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Burlington International Airport


Kate O’Neill & Seven Days

Kingdom County Productions

Linda Carbino

Michael Casarico

Vermont Public Radio



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