Seeking nominations for the next Beach Citizen of the Year

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate the next Beach Citizen of the Year.

The annual award honours a local resident who has shown a steadfast and long-standing commitment to improving their, and by extension our, little corner of the world.

This year marks the 14th year since the first award in 2001. The award is a combined initiative of Community Centre 55, the Beaches Lions Club and Beach Metro News.

For 2007 winner Mary Christie, the honour was icing on her already multi-layered volunteer cake.

“It was lovely to be recognized but I’ve already had the gift of being a volunteer with the organizations that I’ve participated in,” she said.

Christie was chosen for her dedication as a board member with Neighbourhood Link, Community Centre 55, Toronto East General Hospital, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Council.

As a past winner, she will serve as a judge this year and looks forward to choosing a successor.

And what are the judges looking for in a candidate?

According to Christie, “People that are involved in a wide range of activities in our community, all giving time to just make this a more vibrant, better place to be.”

Send a letter with your candidate’s name and information about why you are nominating them to ‘Citizen of the Year,’ Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., Toronto, ON, M4E 2V6, fax to 416-691-8269, or email to A nomination form is available at

Submissions must be made by Friday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m.

The winner will be honoured with a ceremony at the Millennium Garden in September, and announced in the Aug. 25 issue of Beach Metro News.

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