The “Citizen of the Year” selection committee will have its work cut out for it as it must review a slew of applications before making a recommendation to town council at its meeting Nov. 8.
A total of 17 nominations, some of which are for the same person, came in prior to the 4 p.m. deadline on Friday.
The healthy number of nominations continues the positive trend started in the past couple years.
For example, the town received 23 nominations last year and 18 the year before that—well up from the seven nominations in both 2007 and 2006.
Next week, the committee of Bill Gushulak (“Citizen of the Year 2000”), Mayor Roy Avis, and deputy mayor Sharon Tibbs will meet to choose the one they feel is most deserving.
Their recommendation for the recipient of the town’s 23rd “Citizen of the Year” award then will be put forward to council for approval at its next meeting—just in time to get everything ready to officially honour the recipient at the town’s annual appreciation banquet Nov. 19.
After that, the recipient likely will appear in the upcoming “Parade of Lights” on Nov. 27 and next year’s Canada Day parade.
The identities of the nominees will not be revealed. Only the winner will be publicly announced.
Last year’s honouree was Diane Maxey.