Do you know the next Beach Citizen of the Year?

It’s always a good time to think about doing something good for someone else, for no greater reason than to help. However, it is also currently the time to think about everyone you know, particularly the people who consistently and selflessly give their time, money, knowledge and help to the people and organizations that need them.

What’s at stake is the title of Beach Citizen of the Year, a distinguished designation given only to the most giving.

Many of the names – which have literally been written in stone in the Millennium Garden at the corner of Coxwell and Eastern – will be familiar. Most of those who have been named are involved in so many worthy endeavours, it’s impossible to point them all out, and most anyone living in the Beach will have crossed paths with one or more of the past Citizens at some point. Previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year are Gene Domagala, Glenn Cochrane, Ted Randall, Marie Perotta, Arie Nerman, David Breech, Mary Christie, Joan Brent, Jean Cochrane, Pat Silver and Anne Butler.

The next name on that list is not yet known – and that’s where Beach Metro News readers come in. Odds are, you know someone worthy of the title; the odds are even greater that person doesn’t pay much attention to awards and tributes, but that shouldn’t stop you from nominating worthy candidates. We need help celebrating our great citizens, and it’s up to other citizens to help us make sure nobody has been overlooked.

Nominees should be either a current or former resident of the general area known as Ward 32 (Danforth to the lake, and Coxwell to Victoria Park). Nomination forms are available at Community Centre 55 at 97 Main Street, or online at

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