Wanted: Unsung heroes for Community Leader Awards

Deadline for nominating outstanding citizens in Surrey and Delta is March 31.

The teen down the street who reads to the elderly at a care home in his spare time.

Your son’s soccer coach who not only stands in the rain during games, but spends hours organizing teams, tournaments and fundraising events.

An elderly neighbour who commits her time and whatever extra money she has to various charities.

These are the folks who make positive contributions to our community. And there are a lot of them out there.

If you know one, we want to hear about it.

The deadline for The Surrey-North Delta Leader’s 14th annual Community Leader Awards is fast approaching and we need you to tell us about the people in Surrey and Delta you feel deserve some recognition for their tireless efforts in bettering their communities.

Nominations will be considered in the following categories:

• CoachMakes a positive contribution to their sport. Is exemplary in developing skills and confidence in participants. A role model who inspires and encourages a high level of athletic achievement.

• TeacherMakes a positive contribution by being a true leader. Demonstrates a high level of ethics and professional standards, is an inspirational motivator, excellent communicator, good listener and a reliable resource to the community.

• Courage/BraveryThis person has risen above adversity or formidable challenges to succeed and inspire others. Alternatively, this person exhibited great bravery while facing a threat to their own personal safety in coming to the aid of another.

• Above and BeyondThis person makes a positive contribution to their community through their work. Someone who goes beyond the requirements of their job to support the community and make it a better place.

• Emergency ServiceMakes a positive contribution to the community by going the extra mile – over and above the call of duty. Is exemplary in the area of emergency services and unselfishly shoulders enormous responsibility while accepting the potential risks and challenges of the job.

• Service Organization VolunteerThis individual makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time to one community service organization. This person is well thought of and is significantly relied upon by others in the organization.

• VolunteerThis individual makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time to a variety of causes. They are dedicated to making a difference in several different initiatives.

• Youth VolunteerThis young person (aged 25 and under) makes a positive contribution to the community through their volunteer efforts.

• Environmental LeaderMakes a positive contribution to the community by championing environmentally friendly initiatives. Someone who inspires others to be “green” by being a leader in ecologically sound practices.

• Community BuilderSomeone who has taken the initiative to engage a variety of Surrey residents in an innovative or new community project or event. The initiative may assist different groups to work together, address a gap in community participation, or result in a more inclusive, engaged community.

• Seniors’ AdvocateProvides support to seniors who are isolated, physically or mentally challenged, lonely, low income, or who are facing other obstacles that keep them from feeling included in the community.

Nomination submissions should be about 250 words and include information such as specific examples of the work and contributions made, and how long they’ve been in the community.

Submit nominations by filling out the online form at http://www.surreyleader.com/cla/

The deadline is March 31.

 

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