STAMFORD, CT - Mayor Michael Pavia announced today that nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 City of Stamford Citizen of the Year.
“This award – Stamford’s Citizen of the Year or COTY – is one of our City’s most coveted community service / volunteer recognition efforts and acknowledges an ordinary citizen who has been an extraordinary member of the Stamford community,” the Mayor said.
Pavia also announced today the members of the 2013 Selection Committee. The seven members, six of whom are past COTY recipients, include: Bobby Valentine-2010; Arthur Selkowitz-2011; Jami Sherwood-2012; Kurt Zimbler, commander, JWV Post 142; and at-large members Herb Kohn-1967, Pobie Johnston-1978 and Christel Truglia-1982.
“As a past recipient of this award, such recognition from the community was humbling and rewarding, and I’m looking forward to chairing this year’s selection committee,” said Valentine. “The criteria the committee will use to select the 2013 Citizen of the Year have been in place since 1945 when it was established by Mayor Webster Givens and Fred Robbins.”
That criteria is based on four key qualities that all previous recipients have met. He or she should:
? Demonstrate a belief in interfaith harmony
? Possess the highest standards of responsibility in civic life
? Help in the promotion of projects for the public welfare
? Personally has worked with distinction to benefit Stamford on a community-wide basis
“I encourage all of us to take some time to stop and see those fellow citizens who exemplify these qualities and have made a difference in our lives, in our community,” Pavia said. “When you know an ordinary citizen who has been doing amazing things in Stamford, take the time to nominate them. These special men and women are the individuals who consistently contribute to making Stamford the unique community that it has become.”
Nominations must be received by Friday, December 6, 2013, and include a bullet point summary of the nominee’s background supporting the criteria listed above. Nominations should be emailed to StamfordCitizen@aol.com or sent to: Nominations Committee, 2013 Stamford Citizen of the Year, 22 First Street, Stamford, CT 06905.