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Citizen Recognition Award

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There are so many outstanding citizens in Kenora who deserve to be recognized for their contribution to our community.  The Citizen Recognition Award recognizes actions that create a sense of home and belonging and intends to motivate all citizens to positively contribute to the quality of life in our community.

Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis by submitting the Nomination Form to the Clerk’s Office.

Nominations that meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by the City Clerk and an award recommendation will be forwarded to Council for their decision.

Awards will be given two times per calendar year (January and July) or at the discretion of Council.

The Citizen Recognition Award will be presented to citizens of all ages that have resided or worked in the City of Kenora for at least 12 consecutive months. Recipients will be formally recognized at a regularly schedule Council meeting and various media channels. Recipients may only receive one (1) Citizens Recognition Award in their lifetime.

Read about the amazing people who have received this honour below:

Nell Wichers December 16, 2016

Ms. Nell Wichers was presented with Council’s first Citizen Volunteer Recognition award for her outstanding commitment and passion for volunteering. Ms. Wichers knits rainbow blankets and they are given to people in the community who are going through cancer treatments.  Nell has an extensive list of other community volunteering and was recognized by Council for her community contribution.

Jean-Paul Jones December 12, 2017

Jean-Paul Jones was presented with a Volunteer Recognition award for his extensive volunteerism in the City of Kenora.  He was a teacher at St. Louis School, Lakewood, and Beaver Brae Secondary School. His free time is spent with youth in the area taking them kayaking and fishing, also a designated driver. He was recognized with a Commissioner’s Commendation by the OPP for designated driving. In the 1990’s JP began making ice candles each winter leading up to Christmas. The tradition started small and he would make enough to give as gifts to neighbours on First Street South On Christmas Eve the 500 block of First Street South would be glowing with these ice candles. It was around this time when JP began adorning his family’s graves with ice candles. It wasn’t long before people starting noticing JP’s candles and wanted them for their own loved one’s graves too. JP is a humble man and would never speak up to take credit for anything.

Alice Jardine, July 10, 2018

Alice Jardine was presented with a citizen volunteer recognition award acknowledging her lengthy volunteer history in our community. She began her volunteer commitment in 1968 with the Kendo Credit Union serving on the Education committee for eight consecutive years. Over the years she has volunteered for the Ladies Auxiliary Branch 12 Royal Canadian Legion 1976- present, Canadian Cancer Society 1976-1987, LOW District Hospital Board 1983-1991, Tree of Life for LOW Hospital Foundation and was instrumental in its formation in 1988, Salvation Army Christmas Kettle fundraiser 1998-present, Canadian Blood services for 40 years until they removed donations from Kenora last year. She is a dedicated volunteer in many roles and with many organizations for almost 50 years and strongly demonstrates “service above self”.  Alice has made contributing to our community a full time job.  Council thanked Alice for her long standing commitment to our community.