Nominations open for 2018 Citizen, Junior Citizen of the Year

By battlefordsNOW Staff
November 26, 2018 - 1:21pm

It is once again time to recognize individuals in the Battlefords who give so much of themselves to the community.

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Discovery Co-op and the North Battleford Lions Club are coming together to honour the Battleford’s Citizen of the Year and highlight up and coming youth through the Junior Citizen of the Year.

Nomination forms are available and can be submitted online or downloaded, printed off and dropped off at the studio on 100th St. by Dec. 21, 2018. 

Since 1968, nearly 90 people have won Citizen of the Year awards. The Junior Citizen of the Year award began in 1992.

Past winners have included Rob Rongve and Heath Gabruch in the same year, Tammy Donahue Buziak, Ray Fox and Pat Gotto. 

Cathy Richardson, a speech pathologist with Living Sky School Division, was the Citizen of the Year in 2017. She was a volunteer with Saskatchewan Winter Games, involved with the local Habitat for Humanity project in the Battlefords and with the Battlefords Trade and Education Centre (BTEC), fundraising for the organization's new building. Originally from Swift Current, Richardson came to the Battlefords in the 1980s, where she has long family roots. She also served as a city councillor.

Emily Simon was named Junior Citizen of the Year in 2017. She was the Grade 11 activity coordinator at John Paul II Collegiate and was the co-president on the Students Against Drinking and Driving committee. Some of her efforts included starting a small business to complete spring clean ups. She donated the profits from this project to the Me to We education fund in Ecuador and to KidSport Saskatchewan.

It is residents like this and others who demonstrate an outstanding nature of community contribution, are positive role models in the community and advocates for progress and change we are looking to honour.

The award recipients will be recognized at a banquet.

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