Citizens of Year sought

Central Albertans have just over a month to nominate candidates for Red Deer’s 2011 Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

Central Albertans have just over a month to nominate candidates for Red Deer’s 2011 Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

Organizers are seeking nominations until March 31 for the coveted awards.

Nomination forms are available online at www.reddeer.ca.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, nominating committee chair Elaine McFadden said the award winners will be known for their “outstanding commitment” to the community in the way of volunteerism and leadership.

The awards are sponsored by Servus Credit Union and presented by the Rotary Clubs of Red Deer.

The criteria for the Citizen of the Year Award will include information on length of service and breadth of impact.

The Young Citizen of the Year must be under 26 years old.

McFadden said they often have no trouble drawing nominations for the Citizen of the Year, but it’s been tougher getting names for the Young Citizen of the Year.

A total of 34 people have been honoured as Citizens of the Year since 1969.

There was a gap when the award wasn’t handed out from 1994 to 2001.

The Young Citizen of the Year has been honoured for six years. All citizens of Red Deer and area are eligible for these awards.

Graham Schofield, chair of the Citizen of the Year Spring Gala, said it’s critical to recognize young people who are making a difference because they “are our future.”

It’s inspiring to see how the youth may be going to school or to work and yet are still donating their time to various causes, he added.

“And hopefully we can keep those people in our community,” Schofield said.

Red Deer homebuilder Phil Neufeld won the Citizen of the Year last year.

“I don’t think the award changed my life,” Neufeld said.

“I think it just made me realize that people really appreciated what I have done.”

And he said it further reinforced his belief to keep moving ahead with ways to contribute.

The awards will be handed out during the Spring Gala on May 4 from 6 to 11 p.m. Organizers will set up contingency plans should the Red Deer Lodge, which had part of its roof collapse on the weekend, not be ready.

Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 per table.

To book individual tickets, call the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626 or 1-800-661-8793 or for group tickets, call 403-357-5255.

Up to 550 tickets are available.

“This year, we’re continuing with more of a business focus to our event,” said Schofield.

Keynote speaker is David Foot, author of best-selling book Boom Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift, and an updated paperback, Boom Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century.

He’s been dubbed one of Canada’s most outspoken and controversial demographic experts.

Last year, the gala featured speaker Don Bell, one of the co-founders of WestJet.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.coms

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney updates media on measures taken to help with COVID-19, in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. Alberta is set to join three other provinces in exploring the feasibility of small modular reactors as a clean energy option. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Four provinces to sign memorandum of understanding to explore small nuclear reactors

Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick sign memorandum of understanding

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, Chris Kempczinski, then-incoming president of McDonald’s USA, speaks during a presentation at a McDonald’s restaurant in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, McDonald’s said the company will mandate worker training to combat harassment, discrimination and violence in its restaurants worldwide starting in 2022. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
McDonald’s to mandate anti-harassment training worldwide

New standards starting in January 2022

Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircrafts are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet says it will extend its temporary suspension of international sun flights to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean until June 4. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
WestJet extends temporary suspension of international sun flights until June

Customers with affected itineraries will be notified of cancellations

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Brussels on Wednesday for talks with European and NATO allies about Afghanistan, Ukraine and other matters. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)
US co-ordinates Afghanistan pullout with NATO withdrawal

Attacks on U.S. troops have largely paused but that Taliban attacks on the Afghans increased

Demonstrators take cover from crowd-dispersal munitions from police outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department while protesting the shooting death of Daunte Wright, late Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Minnesota shooting charging decision awaited, protests go on

Police and protesters faced off once again after nightfall Tuesday

In this Nov. 12, 1995, file photo, Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy looks on during the second quarter of the Bills game against the Atlanta Falcons at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Bill Sikes, File
Former Alouettes head coach Marv Levy tops 2021 Canadian Football Hall of Fame class

The ‘21 class will boost the Hall of Fame’s membership to 316

Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, provides an update on health system preparations in Nova Scotia for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, in Halifax on Friday, March 6, 2020. Strang says plans are in place to stage the women’s world hockey championship in the province next month with limited spectators.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Nova Scotia plans to allow limited crowds at women’s world hockey championship

All 10 teams in Halifax and Truro must participate in a 14-day quarantine

”Kim’s Convenience” cast member Andrew Phung poses in this undated handout photo. “Kim’s Convenience” has just ended but Andrew Phung is already “knee-deep in ideas and stories” for his next project, “Run the Burbs.” The Calgary-raised actor, who played comical car-rental employee Kimchee on “Kim’s,” co-created the upcoming comedy series and will star in it as a stay-at-home dad with an entrepreneur wife and two kids. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - CBC
‘Kim’s Convenience’ actor Andrew Phung on crafting his own series, ‘Run the Burbs’

‘Run the Burbs’ production could start in the summer or fall

Canisia Lubrin poses in this undated handout photo. Rising literary talent Canisia Lubrin is among the Canadian finalists for the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize. The Griffin Trust announced the three homegrown wordsmiths and four international poets on this year’s short list on Wednesday. Lubrin, who recently received the US$165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize, is nominated for “The Dyzgraphxst” (pronounced diss-graff-ist), published by McClelland and Stewart. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Anna Keenan
Rising writer Canisia Lubrin among Canadian finalists for $65K Griffin Poetry Prize

Griffin will award two winners, one international and one Canadian

A prairie fire in the Burnt Lake district. (Photo by Bert Fors via Red Deer Archives)
Michael Dawe: Fires of spring 1931 in central Alberta

Central Alberta has just come through a relatively warm and dry winter… Continue reading

Gwynne Dyer
Opinion: Boris Johnson is to blame for what’s happening in Ireland

Twenty-three years of peace in Northern Ireland, after a sectarian war that… Continue reading

Canada's Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, fom left, celebrate after winning women's gold medal match against Brazil's team at the Beach Volley Worldtour Major Series, in Vienna, Austria on August 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ronald Zak
Canada’s world champion beach volleyball duo finally getting games before Tokyo

Canada’s world champion beach volleyball duo finally getting games before Tokyo

Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch (24) gets fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Bogdanovic, Capela lead Hawks past Raptors 107-103

Bogdanovic, Capela lead Hawks past Raptors 107-103

Most Read