Call out for ‘top citizen’ nominees

Duane Hicks

The call is out for nominations for the town’s 23rd-annual “Citizen of the Year” award.
Anyone who has taken on charitable fundraising, organized community events, or just lent a helping hand is eligible to receive the award if they are nominated by a fellow resident by Friday, Oct. 22.
The only stipulation is that the recipient be a resident of the Town of Fort Frances, and that the nominee not presently hold elected office.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the information desk at the Civic Centre.
The selection committee currently consists of Bill Gushulak (“Citizen of the Year 2000”), along with Mayor Roy Avis and Deputy Mayor Sharon Tibbs.
With the resignation of “Citizen of the Year 1994” Mark Kowalchuk from the committee earlier this month, town council is seeking a fourth person to replace him.
Gushulak said the committee encourages as many people as possible to nominate individuals so they have plenty of candidates to choose from.
“The only payment volunteers really get is a ‘thank you,’” noted Gushulak.
“An opportunity to thank the ultimate volunteer is to nominate him or her for a ‘Citizen of the Year’ award.”
People who may have submitted nominations for individuals in the past, but who were not chosen that particular year, should feel free to re-nominate that person as long they are still an active member of the community.
Those who have been named “Citizen of the Year” in the past cannot be named so again.
Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Civic Centre by 4 p.m. on Oct. 22.
The selection committee then will meet in order to make a recommendation to town council prior to the town’s annual appreciation banquet in mid-November, at which time the “Citizen of the Year” will be formally honoured.
The identities of the nominees will not be revealed. Only the winner will be publicly announced.
Last year’s winner was Diane Maxey.
For more information, call Gushulak (274-3891) or Lori Pattison (274-5323).