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Knights of Columbus seeking Nelson's super citizen

Bruce Halstead was Nelson
Bruce Halstead was Nelson's Citizen of the Year in 2012.
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Recognizing the value of contribution to the community, Nelson Knights of Columbus is looking for nominees for citizen of the year.

This is the 49th year the Knights of Columbus have sponsored this event. Member and chairman of the citizen of the year committee Bob Tremblay says the event brings attention to valuable happenings in our community and the people that make them happen.

“We took this on as a community project to recognize a volunteer in the community and to encourage other people to become involved,” he says.

Past recipients have worked with organizations dedicated to charity like the Red Cross or service clubs like the Boy Scouts or the Lions Club, for example.

“We’re looking for someone who’s giving his or her time to any type of community project,” he says. “That builds up the citizenry of the community.”

A selection committee of five judges independent of the Knights of Columbus will review nominations and select the winner. Winners are most often pleasantly overwhelmed with the honour though some prefer to keep their community contributions under wraps, loving what they do outside the limelight, says Tremblay.

“Ninety-nine per cent are absolutely flabbergasted they’ve been selected and they’re happy to accept,” he says.

Deadline for nominations is February 28. Papers are available at City Hall administration, Sonja’s China Cabinet and the Chamber of Commerce.

A banquet honouring this year’s winner is scheduled for mid-April. Tickets will go on sale shortly after the winner is announced.


Last year’s winner was Bruce Halstead. In 2011, Bill McDonnell was honoured.



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