Deadline extended for Citizen and Volunteer of the Year nominations
PRESCOTT - Prescott has always been most fortunate in that the community has never lacked for residents willing to pitch in and help make the town a great place to live, which is why there is never a shortage of names put forward for the town's annual Citizen and Volunteer of the Year awards.
Nominations for 2017's awards, however, have been slow coming in, and town council is hoping to get the word out that now is the time to help the town recognize the many selfless and dedicated local residents who keep Prescott robust and vibrant throughout the year.
The list of previous winners is stellar, indeed, but there are many more enthusiastic volunteers and committed community boosters out there who have given of their time and talent to help out with local clubs, charities and agencies, organize festivals, celebrations and events, or in countless other ways contribute to the quality of life in Prescott.
Those are the people whose work and effort need to be acknowledged, which is why the town is extending the deadline for nominations to January 31, 2017 and why council and town staff are urging people to fill out the nomination form, which is easy to do, and put forward the names of worthy candidates who could use a little recognition for the work they do.
At Monday's council meeting, the selection committee that will judge the nominations was also announced. Pouring over what council hopes will be a glut of nominations come the end of January will be Councilors Leanne Burton, Fraser Laschinger and Mike Ostrander.
"There's still time for people to nominate someone who they think ought to be recognized for their hard work," says Burton.
Both the volunteer and citizen of the year awards are intended to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the town and its quality of life. The nominees need not be Prescott residents, but Prescott has to have been the beneficiary of his or her efforts. They can also have done their work either as part of a club or organization or entirely on their own. Anyone who has demonstrated a considerable measure of civic pride and enthusiasm for bettering his or her community would be an ideal nominee.
Recent winners of the Citizen of the Year award include Alleyn Abel, the Carr/Todd family and Ian Farthing, while recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award have most recently included Lynda Joanisse, Candy Alexander and Patricia Warren.
Nomination forms can be picked up in person at town hall or can be found online at prescott.ca. The forms can be found on the site by accessing Town Hall on the homepage, and then clicking on Jobs and Volunteering at the left side of the screen. On that page, the menu at the left side will then show a link to the Citizen and Volunteer of the Year awards.
The forms are simple to fill out, but those submitting a nomination are encouraged to include as much information and detail as possible as to everything the nominee has done to merit consideration for the award.