Recognition wasn’t quite good enough – now they will be called Burlington’s BEST. Who will they be this year?

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  February 7, 2013  There are some who will tell you that you have a healthy community when there is an arena and a Tim Horton’s close by.  It takes a little more than that to create community – it takes people to organize the events at that arena and people who have things to talk about that matter to the community.

Burlington has, since 1965, recognized and celebrated its community leaders with the Civic Recognition Awards. That hasn’t changed. But the name of these awards is going to change – they will from this year forward be known as Burlington’s Best to better reflect both the diverse nature of the awards and the calibre of the nominees. Also new this year: Heritage Person of the Year award.

Previous Civic Recognition Award winners include M.M. Robinson, Keith Strong, John Boich, Rainer Noack  and the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

The city now turns this initiative over to the community who determine just who the best are.  Anyone can submit a name.  Do you know someone who has made a difference in the community? Someone who has helped make Burlington a better place to live, work and play?  Go on-line, get the forms and send them in.

Nominations are open until March 8, 2013 for the following categories:

•                  Citizen of the Year

•              Junior Citizen of the Year

•              Environmental Award

•              Arts Person of the Year

•              Community Service Award

•              Senior Person of the Year

•              Heritage Person of the Year

The submissions get sent to the city, and anyone can submit a recommendation.  Once the deadline closes March 8th a committee of six people begin their work.  That committee is made up of:

Adam Smith (Chair)

Keith Strong

Bob Chambers

Lauren Jones

Kayla van Zon

Ann Coburn

Recipients of the Recognition Awards last year, from the left were: Michelle Bennett Environment, Sam Kawazoye Community Service, Trevor Copp Arts , Mayor Goldring, Wendy Hager, Citizen of the Year, Dan Taylor Junior Citizen and Jim Frizzle, Senior of the year.

The Best get recognized at a dinner held at the Burlington Convention Centre May 9th.  Tickets are available at city hall anytime after March 1st.

Last year’s Civic Recognition Award recipients went on to continue to make the city we live in a better place

For online nomination forms and for more information, visit or call Danielle Pitoscia at 905-335-7600, ext. 7375.

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