Three nominated for Citizen of the Year recognition

Judges will be voting on Barriere's next Citizen of the Year

Nominations closed on Friday, Oct. 7, for the Barriere Citizen of the Year, with three names being put forward by area residents who recognize the people who make a difference in Barriere.

This week five area service organizations or groups will have been given the names and submitted the nomination information for each nominee.  It will be their job to cast votes and decide who they feel should be recognized as Barriere Citizen of the Year for 2011.

The name of the recipient will be published in our Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, issue.  Dates for the resultant Citizen of the Year Banquet will be announced in a future issue with ticket information and where they can be purchased.

The Barriere Citizen of the Year Award is sponsored by the North Thompson Star/Journal, with assistance from the District of Barriere, and the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre.

Nominees for the 2010 Barriere Citizen of the Year Award are:

Aimee Campbell:

Tim Hoffman writes, “I would like to nominate Aimee Campbell for Citizen of the Year.  Aimee was born and raised in Barriere, living here her entire life, and raised on a ranch on Boulder Mountain Road. Aimee has volunteered with the Barriere Ambulance since she was 19 until the present time; a total of 33 years.  As well, Aimee is one of the founding members of the Barriere Search and Rescue Society.  She has given countless volunteer hours to these two groups, as well as fundraised literally tens of thousands of dollars in doing so.  She also spent time on the executive of the Barriere Branch of the Canadian Legion.  As well as continuing with her volunteer work she is also a school bus driver, and I have been told that she is one of the most loved by her passengers.  Always handing out treats for special occasions and school year ends.  Aimee is a true good will ambassador for the community, and I feel that she is deserving of this Award.”

Wim Houben;

Margaret Houben writes in her nomination, “Wim is always willing to help when asked, and is involved in many different community groups such as Emergency Social Services, the Community Consultative Group, the 1st Barriere Scouts, the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association Queen Pageant, CrimeStoppers, and the Barriere Senior’s Society.  Wim also takes care of his father, driving him to the store or to the doctor’s office, or jogging along beside when his father is out using his scooter.”

Carol Patton;

Ann Piper, Donna Richardson, Christie Mickelson, Corrie Walker, Connie Falk, and Susan Ross wrote, “Our nomination for Citizen of the Year is Carol Patton.  Since the mid 1990s Carol has been a constant member of the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce.  She also takes on the important leadership role as the Director of Barriere Emergency Social Services.  Over the years Carol has volunteered as a tabulator for the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Queen Pageant, and given generously of her time with the Barriere and District Food Bank, and a variety of other worthy groups.  Quietly positive and unassuming, Carol brings sunshine and energy to a long list of worthy causes.”