Somewhere out there is a selfless, community-minded individual who never really gets the recognition they truly deserve. Someone who gives of their time, money, creativity, heart and soul, who is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand, someone who operates in the background and helps get good things done.
Actually, there are many such people in the Beach; but only one of them will be named the 2013 Beach Citizen of the Year. And without a nomination, they can’t be recognized the way they truly deserve.
The award is a joint initiative of Community Centre 55, the Beaches Lions Club and Beach Metro News.
Nominations are now officially open for the 2013 Beach Citizen of the Year. Past Citizens are Gene Domagala, Glenn Cochrane, Ted Randall, Marie Perotta, Arie Nerman, David Breech, Mary Christie, Joan Brent, Jean Cochrane, Pat Silver, Anne Butler and Thomas Neal. If you know someone of similar dedication and strength of character as that distinguished list, nomination forms can be found online at centre55.com or at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. Include as much information as possible about nominees. The winner will be announced in these pages, and honoured in September with a ceremony and permanent stone at the Millennium Garden, at the corner of Coxwell and Eastern.
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I nominate Lido Chilleli for the award. His selfless giving to the community and his unbelievable 25 year commitment to the beach jazz festival makes him an obvious and long overdue recipient of this award.