Mayor Lori Ackerman explains that the gala event is meant to recognize the dedication and generosity of the city's residents, businesses and volunteers.
"The heartbeat of the Energetic City is our… non-profits and volunteers who together enhance the quality of life in our community," she says. "This is our opportunity to recognize and thank them for their tireless work."
In order to recognize those individuals, residents need to nominate the people they see as having made a significant contribution to the community. There are six award categories open to nominations: Cultural Person of the Year, Recreation Person of the Year, Literacy – Individual or Corporate/Group, Humanitarian – Individual or Corporate/Group, Mayor's Citizen of the Year, and Youth of the Year.
Nominations forms are available for download below, on the City’s website www.fortstjohn.ca or can be picked up at City Hall, the North Peace Leisure Pool, the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union. Nominations must be submitted by April 1 to City Hall.
The Community Awards are back after a hiatus, as they weren't held last year, for staff reevaluate the program due to low ticket sales. The Chamber of Commerce was going to host the awards as partners for the first time since 2008, but an email to the City from Chamber President indicates they will again be going their own way this year.