The Courtenay centennial celebrations continue and the next centennial date to add to your calendar is March 31.
That is the deadline for nominations for the Citizens of the Century Awards, the prestigious awards that will honour those who have made a significant contribution to the City of Courtenay since it was incorporated as a municipality in 1915.
The award — sponsored by the Canadian Western Bank — is an opportunity for all local families, businesses, and organizations to review their own local history and to honour deserving volunteers past or present for their outstanding contribution to the City of Courtenay. To be eligible, a nominee must have volunteered for a number of years to benefit the citizens of Courtenay and not their own personal or family endeavours.
There are a number of categories for nominations including arts, athletics, business, churches, clubs, culture, educational groups, fraternal organizations, history, service clubs, sports teams, youth groups, health, social services and environment. If you’re involved with a local sports club, arts group, service club or non-profit organization you can help by making the suggestion at your group’s next meeting to bring potential nominations forward.
Nominations for the Citizens of the Century can be submitted online, and should include the person’s name, the time period during which they volunteered, and a brief description of the personal merits or contributions to the community that you considered in your decision. The nominating person can submit multiple names for consideration, however please note that not all nominees will receive an award.
Any proceeds raised through the year’s centennial events will be donated to the Comox Valley Community Foundation. Centennial event updates can be found on Facebook as well as Twitter, using the official hashtag #Courtenay100.