South Taranaki Star
Hard-working, community-spirited people are again being recognised with the Stratford Citizens' Awards.
Nominations for the awards, which recognise locals of all ages and have a special award dedicated to youth, close tomorrow.
"There are so many people in our district who work tirelessly for our community and it is a real privilege to be able to acknowledge some of those people," Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke says.
"I encourage residents to think about people in our community who quietly and efficiently give so much of themselves. This a perfect opportunity to appropriately acknowledge these people."
Community development officer Sarah Hamilton says the awards, which are judged by a handful of anonymous community residents, will be handed out at a special event on July 11.
She says that when considering making a senior nomination, residents should think about length of community service and a broad community-based influence.
It is the same for the junior category, open to young people aged 12 to 14 years, but without the length of service.
"We are looking for those youth who are out there contributing to their communities," she says.
It is the 20th annual citizens' awards held in Stratford.
"It's a big deal to win," Ms Hamilton says. "It's really positive for the community to see those champions get some recognition."
All nomination forms need to be at the Stratford District Council offices, library, or information centre by 4.30pm on Friday, June 15.
Last year's recipients were: Joy Neild, Gavin Belton and Jeff Walker.
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