The Rotary Club of Ashcroft-Cache Creek is once more looking for members of the public to submit nominations for Citizens of the Year within its District. There will be awards presented to adults in Ashcroft and area and Cache Creek and area, and to a student/youth in the entire District.
Rotary president Theresa Takacs says that this is the 13th year that the awards have been presented; and that like last year, the ceremony honouring the recipients will take place in the evening.
“We used to have it within the framework of a Rotary lunch, so all the Rotarians could be there,” she explains. “However, a lot of family members couldn’t be there, and we couldn’t get mayors there, so we decided to change to an evening format. More people can be there, family can come; last year we had mayors Jack Jeyes and John Ranta and TNRD director Steve Rice there.”
The awards recognize individuals in the District who have contributed significantly to improving the quality of life in her or his community or the world.
The Citizen of the Year is someone who has displayed any of the following: exceptional achievement; exceptional or significant personal dedication to a worthy cause; significant contribution to the community; displayed remarkable help, kindness, or assistance to others or groups of others; bravery or exceptional courage; humanitarian achievements; or achievements in the fields of the environment, nature, or wildlife.
Takacs says that they hope to have nominations in by January 19, 2018, and are looking at an awards ceremony in April or May. “Anyone can nominate anyone,” she says. “We just want a short summary about why this person is being nominated. Generally, the person who nominates the winner says a few words about them at the ceremony, but they can ask someone else to speak if they’d prefer.”
Rotary is working with Interior Savings Credit Union in Ashcroft and the Royal Bank in Cache Creek to bring recognition to worthy citizens. Submit your nominees by January 19 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail to P.O. Box 11, Ashcroft, B.C., V0K 1A0; or online at http://bit.ly/2BUgyRo. A form can be found at the link, and forms can also be picked up at Interior Savings in Ashcroft or the Royal Bank in Cache Creek.
“We want to recognize people who go above and beyond,” says Takacs. “We want their contributions recognized. It could be someone who has done something singular in your mind. Sometimes people work quietly, and they don’t really get recognition.”