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We all know someone who goes the extra mile to regularly help out neighbours in need, or who spends time volunteering for community organizations.

The Beach Citizen of the Year award is given to a person who consistently strives to make life better in the Beach community in Ward 32. Judges look for candidates who have made tangible contributions over a long period of time, while inspiring others to participate in community life.

One such honouree is 2004 Citizen of the Year Marie Perrotta, a founder of Pegasus Community Project, a non-profit organization that provides community-based day services for adults with developmental disabilities.

“For me, being chosen Citizen of the Year meant that the community valued the work I was doing – supporting persons with disabilities to be included more fully in our wonderful community,” says Perrotta.

“I think others were inspired to join our efforts, and it was encouraging to those of us already involved. It highlighted our work and seemed to inspire others – one of the reasons that the Award exists.”

To nominate your  2015 local hero, visit to fill out the online form, mail your nomination to ‘Citizen of the Year,’ Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., Toronto, ON, M4E 2V6, fax to 416-691-8269, or email to

Include as much information about the nominee as possible, including why you feel they should be recognized as Citizen of the Year.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. Winners will be honoured at a ceremony in Millennium Garden in September.

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