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Cobourg Civic Award nomination deadline is near

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


The opportunity to make a public acknowledgement of a volunteer's valuable contributions to the community, by nominating him and her for a Town of Cobourg Civic Award, ends Jan. 16.

That's the deadline to submit nominations. And awards committee spokeswoman Linda Janzen, executive director for the Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, urges everyone to give a little thought to honouring someone who has given so much.

"I think that Cobourg has so many people who work so selflessly to help others, and it's important that we recognize those people," Janzen said this week.

"This is an opportunity to thank them for all the work that they do to help others in our community, so I encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity to give some thought to who some of these wonderful but quiet volunteers are and put their names forward."

Nominations are now being sought for Distinguished Civic Awards for both individuals and organizations in the categories of environment, accessibility, community service, arts, heritage and preservation, athletics and academics.

Nomination for a Distinguished Civic Award does not exempt an individual from being nominated for the other awards as well:

• The Angus and Bernice Read Volunteer of the Year Award for someone with a minimum of five years of volunteer service, whose efforts have improved the quality of life for a large spectrum of the population of Cobourg.

• The Layton Dodge Athletic Award for a coach, official or sports organizer who has contributed to the town's sports and recreational community.

• The Bravery Award for someone who displayed courage and heroism in the face of danger to save others from harm.

• The Outstanding Youth Award for someone aged 19 or younger as of Dec. 31, 2012, who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to the community and to his or her school.

• The Outstanding Senior Award for someone aged 65 or older as of Dec. 31, 2012, who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to the community.

• The Arts/Academic Award for outstanding volunteer achievements to the arts or academics of the community.

• The Heritage Award for an individual or group that has demonstrated significant achievement in conserving or promoting the town's heritage resources.

• The Environmental Award for an individual or group that has demonstrated significant achievement in conserving, protecting, restoring, maintaining, enhancing or promoting a healthy environment.

• The Lloyd C. Stinson Memorial Award for Community Service for a Cobourg resident who has performed outstanding charitable works for those in need, the aged, youth or those with disabilities.

Janzen urges would-be nominators to allow time to prepare the best possible application, rather than wait until the last moment. Too often, she said, a last-minute application may have incomplete information that does not help the selection committee.

"It is really important for folks to take the time to complete the application fully in order that that person's good deeds will be represented accurately, and the selection committee will understand how much this volunteer is contributing," she stated.

Nomination forms are available on-line as well as at Victoria Hall, Dressler House, the Cobourg Community Centre, Cobourg Public Library and Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce.

Awards will be presented at the Victoria Hall Concert Hall on Feb. 20, with former MP Paul Macklin performing master-of-ceremonies duty and musical entertainment provided by another valuable group of volunteers, the Concert Band of Cobourg.



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