The 2012 Citizen of the Year Award went to David Chow, who was recognized for his past involvement with the Moose Jaw Early Bird Lions Club, Central Cyclones Football Alumni Association and Moose Jaw Family YMCA.
“David Chow devotes his time and energy to make Moose Jaw a better place to live,” host Brandon Hall said as Chow received his award. “A very busy man and a very wonderful man, thank you very much.”
“I do want to dedicate this award to my grandmother Violet Chow, who passed away the day before yesterday, Chow said during his acceptance speech. “Who was a tremendous influence upon me in my youth, who really did teach me to love the fellow man.”
According to the chamber of commerce, “Citizen and Group of the Year Awards recognize significant contributions to our City's quality of life, both social and economic, made by private citizens. These awards increase public awareness of these contributions and give well deserved tribute.”
The 2012 Group of the Year Award was given to the Little Princess Ball Committee, and was accepted by Amy Ofstie.
The committee was recognized for its fundraising towards Moose Jaw Union Hospital’s youngest patients, creating a little princess room at the hospital and purchasing a fetal heart monitor and two isolettes to help babies born with health issues.
“When we started this we wanted to create a little bit of magic,” Ofstie said during the acceptance speech. “I can’t believe how much the giving, is giving back to us.”
She added the memories, people they have reached and hospital equipment they have been able to buy for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation are all great factors that make giving back special to the group.
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