Who is the greatest citizen in Rainy River District?

I spent much of Sunday afternoon listening to Rex Murphy and “Cross Country Checkup” as listeners called in to talk about who they feel is the greatest Canadian.
The list includes Sir Frederick Banting, Tommy Douglas, Pierre Trudeau, Alexander Graham Bell, Don Cherry, Wayne Gretzky, Terry Fox, Lester B. Pearson, Dr. David Suzuki, and Sir John A. Macdonald.
It is a fascinating list made up of former prime ministers, scientists, a sports legend, a sports celebrity, and a young man who did the uncommon thing.
To vote for the greatest Canadian, you can go to www.cbc.ca/greatest/
Meanwhile, in reading the Saturday Globe and Mail, publisher Edward Greenspan is looking for this year’s nation-builder. Last year’s recipient was Chief Justice Roy McMurtry and the Ontario Court of Appeal, which ruled that barring same-sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional.
The year before, the newspaper named Mike Lazaridis, co-founder of Research in Motion and father of the Blackberry.
Nominations can be made on the home page of the Globe and Mail.
Fort Frances annually names its citizen of the year. This year, the community named Joyce Gosselin for the honour for her tireless volunteering efforts.
She is a remarkable woman who represents all that is good in Fort Frances.
When I listened to Rex Murphy, I was prompted to vote for Terry Fox, who also is a great Canadian example of a person doing the most unselfish thing in the world on behalf of people suffering from cancer.
The hope that he inspired encourages countless Canadians to participate in the annual Terry Fox Run each September. It also has inspired people around the world to walk for cancer.
And perhaps his sole leadership has created a change.
On Sunday evening, I began wondering who might be considered the greatest Rainy River District citizen. Would it be an educator, a politician or tribal leader, an early settler, or business person.
I invite your nominations. Please drop them off at the Fort Frances Times or Rainy River Record, or e-mail them to jcumming@fortfrances.com

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