Do you know someone who has what it takes to be Lacombe’s first Citizen of the Year?
The Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Awards Gala this October and has included a new and prestigious Citizen of the Year award.
The individual must have demonstrated exceptional community leadership through the length of service and passion and dedication to the city and/or county of Lacombe, outside the parameters of one’s employment. The individual should have also created a legacy and impact within the community, and enhanced the community overall. Residency and personal background is also part of the nomination form.
“I attended the Red Deer Citizen of the Year awards and I thought there are a lot of people who make a big difference in our community,” said chamber executive director Kim Berube.
She said the Citizen of the Year award is somewhat different from another award, Lifetime Achievement Award, also handed out on the same evening.
“The Lifetime Achievement Award requires a minimum of 25 years of contribution to the community whether through employment, volunteerism,” Berube said.
“With the Citizen of the Year, you can have a lot of impact within a short period of time. There are people who have made a significant contribution, but they haven’t lived in Lacombe for a while.”
The commerce is also seeking public nominations in the following categories: Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Rookie Business of the Year, Farm Family of the Year, Not-for-Profit Registered Society of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Residents can be from Lacombe, the rural part of Lacombe County or the communities that are part of the county.
The gala takes place on Oct. 21 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.
Nomination deadline for the Citizen of the Year is midnight Sept. 15 while the other nominations are due on Sept. 1.
Nomination forms are on hand at the chamber officer at 6005-50 Ave., the City of Lacombe office, Lacombe County office, as well as online at www.lacombechamber.ca