The Citizens of the Year Awards are given to individuals who have demonstrated all-round community involvement rather than specific activity or contribution. This award recognizes local residents who build communities and show what can be achieved with passion and determination. The Citizen of the Year Award is presented to a youth, adult and senior citizen.
- Must be a resident of the City of Brampton.
- Has contributed to the enrichment of the social, cultural or civic life of the Brampton community.
- Cannot be an elected official, a resident planning to run for municipal/regional council, or be staff of the City of Brampton.
- Must be a current and active volunteer in the community.
- Must present a positive image of the City of Brampton, can be viewed as a role model who consistently demonstrates responsible behaviour.
- Participates regularly in community projects.
- Shows evidence of on-going volunteerism, leadership and dedication.
- A youth is considered 18 years of age and younger. An adult is considered to be 19 years of age and older. A senior is considered to be 65 years of age and older.
- One individual will be selected in each of the Citizen of the Year Award categories.
- Volunteer hours as required for secondary school graduation are not to be included when considering levels of contribution to the community.
- Consideration will be given to citizens that demonstrate tenure in their participation and/or activism.
- The nomination form must be accompanied by a supporting letter of no more than two (2) pages, detailing the recent or ongoing activities or contributions of the nominee in the City of Brampton. These activities should demonstrate all-round community involvement rather than a specific activity or contribution.
- Contributions must be voluntary but can be related to an individual’s expertise from training, work experience or education.
- Special consideration will be given to nominees that have demonstrated a significant long-term impact (minimum three (3) years of service by a youth and five (5) years by an adult) to be eligible.
- The individual has helped to improve the quality of life in Brampton and/or have made an impact on Brampton in arts and culture, sport or community projects.
- Nominees should support the City of Brampton’s Strategic Plan in moving the City forward by building strong communities. The goals of strong communities include:
-Celebrate citizens and create partnerships through arts, culture and social interaction;
-Create connected spaces in the heart of the city for people to live, work and play;
-Support diversity and enable wellness through health and recreation.
- Self-nominations and nominations of family members are not accepted.
- Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.