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Nominations still open for citizen, volunteer and business of the year

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PRESCOTT - Nominations are coming in for Prescott's citizen, volunteer and business of the year, but there are no doubt many more people in town who have earned recognition for their contributions.

"We have a lot of deserving people who have given of themselves in Prescott this past year," says Mayor Brett Todd.

"I urge everyone out there who knows of such an individual or business to file a nomination before the deadline."

Nomination forms are available on the town's website--at prescott.ca--or through its social media outlets, and once completed the forms can be submitted by email to admin@prescott.ca, mailed to 360 Dibble Street West, PO Box 160, K0E 1T0 or dropped off at town hall. The subject line of email submissions should state for which of the three awards the nomination is being made.

The sixth annual Citizen of the Year award is awarded to a person who has made substantial and varied contributions to the town or who has shown consistent support for an important civic initiative. Anybody who has made Prescott a better place to live and work is eligible. The nominee need not live in Prescott, but the grounds for the nominations must relate directly to contributions made to the town.

Previous winners of the award have included Ian Farthing, the much admired former artistic director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival; the Carr and Todd families, who have been stalwart supporters of the Prescott and District Soccer Association for decades; and Alleyn Abel, who was named Prescott's Citizen of the Year in 2016 for his tireless effort in support of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, the Prescott Public Library and Ducks Unlimited.

Two years ago, the award went to Donald Barton, who was honoured for his work with the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Prescott Waste Management Committee and the Sandy Hill Cemetery Board, and last year, the winner was former mayor Robert Lawn. A long-time resident of Prescott, Lawn not only served two consecutive terms as mayor, but was also a teacher, vice-principal and principal at South Grenville District High School. He was also president of the local Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Rotary Club and selfless volunteer.

Nominations are also welcomed for the town's Volunteer of the Year. The sixth annual award will go to someone who, like the Citizen of the Year, has made a meaningful contribution to the community. Again, the nominee doesn't have to live in town, but the contributions must be centered around Prescott.

In 2014, Patricia Warren was named the town's top volunteer for her many years of work with the Catholic Women's League. She also assisted with pastoral care at Wellington House, helped deliver the St. Mark's Breakfast program and volunteered with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. The following year, Candy Alexander was named the Volunteer of the Year. She was honoured for her tireless efforts with the Royal Canadian Legion and the Prescott Rotary Club and the key role she play in organizing a long list of community events and projects.

Lynda Joanisse received the award in 2016. She founded the Prescott Kidz Choir and organized free theatre camps for local children. She has also supported the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and as the head administrator of the St. Lawrence Academy has engaged her students in many community improvement initiatives.

Two years ago, the town's top volunteer was Brent Norton, who was honoured for his then 35 years of service with the Prescott Fire Department. As the department's chief fire prevention officer, he has spent a great deal of time in schools and in the community educating people on fire safety, and when he's not doing that he's helping to organize the fire department's annual Christmas parade, volunteering with the Lion's Club or supporting local minor hockey.

Last year, the winner was long-time Prescott resident Paul McAuley,who has spent more than a quarter-century serving his community as part of the 7th Prescott Scouts and the Prescott and District Soccer Association. He has been leader of the Scouts and Venturers for many years and has served as both coach and convener with the soccer association.

The Business of the Year award is brand new. In this case, the business must be located in Prescott, and the business ought to have made a notable contribution to the town's business community.

Anybody nominating someone for any of the three awards is encouraged to provide specific details in support of the nomination, and letters of recommendation would also be welcome. All nomination forms must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. this Friday, March 29. Members of council will then evaluate the nominations and decide on who is most deserving of this year's Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the Year awards. The winners will be announced and celebrated with a reception at town hall later this spring.

Any questions about the nomination process can be directed to the town's clerk and director of administration, Kimberley Casselman, who can be reached by emailat kcasselman@prescott.ca or by phone at 613-925-2812 extension 6225.

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