Awards will recognize local volunteer efforts

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David Chow was awarded Citizen of the Year on Thursday at the Heritage Inn.

Outstanding volunteerism will be recognized again in January.

The Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce will accept nominations for the Citizen and Group of the Year Awards until Jan. 9. The winners will be announced at a luncheon at the Heritage Inn on Jan. 16.

“We’re trying to get the people that are kind of behind the scenes sort of thing that kind of work through all year long volunteering,” said Brian Martynook, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce. “Also if there’s any special circumstance during the year that somebody has stepped up … we’d sure like to show our appreciation and give them some recognition.”

Anybody can nominate or be nominated. The winners will not be decided by the chamber, but rather by an outside committee. Each nominee will be presented with a certificate at the awards luncheon.

“This is something just for Moose Jaw that makes it a healthy community when we kind of recognize individuals and groups in our city that are helping out,” said Martynook. “We don’t like to look at somebody that’s paid to do a job sort of thing, but if they’ve done something special they’re more than welcome to have their names submitted.”

David Chow received the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award and the Little Princess Ball Committee received the 2012 Group of the Year Award.

Marytnook added in past years, there have been between three to five nominees in each category.

“(It’s a) more the better,” said Martynook. “It just shows that people are recognizing these people.”

Nomination forms can be dropped off at the chamber of commerce at 88 Saskatchewan St. E. Nomination forms can be picked up at the chamber office or online at mjchamber.com.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, Citizen and Group, Heritage Inn Little Princess Ball Committee

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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