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The call has gone out for nominations for the town’s annual “Citizen of the Year” award.
Anyone who has taken on charitable fundraising, organizing community events, or just lending a helping hand is eligible to receive the award if they are nominated by a fellow resident by 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.
“There are so many people in communities across the country, but in Fort Frances in particular who do so much, it’s worth the effort to make sure they’re recognized,” noted Bill Gushulak, the current Citizen of the Year who now sits on the selection committee.
As Citizen of the Year, Gushulak received a lot of recognition and was invited to lead three parades–the Santa Claus parade last November, the Canada Day parade on July 1, and the bass tournament parade later that month.
“It’s something that’s totally unexpected and it was a lot of fun,” said Gushulak. “A lot of people have slapped me on the back and that’s been quite an honour.
Gushulak will join Coun. Deane Cunningham, Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, and Mark Kowalchuk, another former Citizen of the Year, on the selection committee to choose from the nominations.
“It’s something I will always cherish for sure,” said Gushulak. “[Kowalchuk and I] know how good we felt when it was passed on to us so we want to make sure it’s passed on to others.”
Nominations have been sent out to local service clubs and also are available at the Civic Centre. For more info, contact Gushulak (274-3891) or Kowalchuk (274-9118).