Proclamation from Governor Hickenlooper proclaiming January 27, 2018 as Veronica Barela Day for her vision of improving the quality of life of residents of Denver through her comprehensive approach to community building through NEWSED.

Commendation from the State of Colorado House of Representatives for my work with NEWSED, 2018

Fair Housing Award, Denver Metro Fair Housing Center, 2018

25 Most Powerful Women Award, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, 2015

Honoree, Colorado Black Women for Political Action Award, 2015

Mayor’s Diversity Award, Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships, 2014

Latina’s First Foundation Trailblazer Award, 2013

Lifework Achievement Award from Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC) 2012

Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts “Legacy Award”, 2011

The Ally Award presented by One Colorado, 2011

Escuela Tlatelolco Human and Civil Rights Award, 2007

Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award, 2006

Outstanding West High Alumni Award, 2003

Twenty-Three Years of Service to the Community Presented by The Staff and Board of NEWSED Community Development Corporation at NEWSED’s Cinco de Mayo Civil Rights Awards, 1999

Minority Business Award presented by the Minority Business Directory, 1994

Outstanding Service Award presented by Hispanics of Colorado, 1992

Declaration of “Veronica Barela Day” by Mayor Wellington Webb recognizing a life time commitment to civil rights, economic development and community organizing in the City and County of Denver, June 1992

Dynamic Hispanic Role Model presented by The Hispanic Educational Institute, 1990

Outstanding Women’s Award from Metropolitan State College, 1989

Certificate of Recognition – Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation, 1988    

Outstanding Service Award presented by Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation, 1987

Certificate of Completion – Colorado Outward Bound School, 1985

Certificate of National Merit for HUD’s National Recognition Program for Community Development Partnerships in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, 1984


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