Wanted: Unsung heroes for Community Leader Awards

Previous Community Leader Award winners (from left): Blair Moro, Shyama Priya, William Brand and Mihai Covaser. - Leader file photo
Previous Community Leader Award winners (from left): Blair Moro, Shyama Priya, William Brand and Mihai Covaser.
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The teen down the street reads to the elderly at a care home in his spare time – something he’s been doing since he was young.

Your son’s soccer coach not only stands in the rain during games, but spends hours organizing teams, tournaments and fundraising events to benefit of hundreds of kids.

An elderly neighbour, who’s not well-off herself, commits her time and whatever extra money she has to various charities.

These are the folks who make positive contributions to our community. And there are a lot of them out there.

If you know one, we want to hear about it.

The deadline for The Surrey-North Delta Leader’s 10th annual Community Leader Awards is fast-approaching and we need you to tell us about the people in Surrey and Delta you feel deserve some recognition for their tireless efforts in bettering their communities.

Nominations will be considered in the following categories:

• Coach – Makes a positive contribution to their sport. Is exemplary in developing skills and confidence in participants. A role model who inspires high athletic achievement.

• Teacher – Makes a positive contribution by being a true leader. Demonstrates a high level of ethics and professional standards, is an inspirational motivator, excellent communicator, good listener and a reliable resource.

• Courage – This person has risen above adversity or formidable challenges to become a success. As a result, they have had a positive effect on the people around them.

• Above and Beyond – This person makes a positive contribution to their community through their work. Someone who goes beyond the requirements of their job to support the community and make it a better place.

• Emergency Service – Makes a positive contribution to the community by going the extra mile – over and above the call of duty. Is exemplary in the area of emergency services and unselfishly shoulders enormous responsibility while accepting the potential risks of the job.

• Service Organization Volunteer – This individual makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time to one community service organization. This person is well thought of and is relied upon by others in the organization.

• Volunteer – This individual makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time to a variety of causes. They are dedicated to making a difference in several initiatives.

• Youth Volunteer – Makes a positive contribution to youth in the community. Someone who is depended upon and committed to provide direction, programs and/or support to ensure youth have positive experiences.

• Environmental Leader – Makes a positive contribution to the community by championing environmentally friendly initiatives. Someone who inspires others to be “green” by being a leader in ecologically sound practices.

• Community Builder – Someone who has taken the initiative to engage a variety of Surrey residents in an innovative or new community project or event. The initiative may assist different groups to work together, address a gap in community participation, or result in a more inclusive, engaged community.

Nomination submissions should be about 250 words and include information such as specific examples of the work and contributions made, and how long they’ve been in the community.

Submit nominations by filling out the online form.

For more information, call 604-575-2744.

The deadline is Saturday, March 31.

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