Listowell Banner/Minto Express editorial
Extraordinary young leaders — they’re all around us — in schools, at church and on sports teams. Sometimes it’s easy to pick someone special from a crowd, while other times it many not be quite as obvious. Truth is, there are young people everywhere who are working hard at bettering their communities. Many may not even realize they’re making a difference. It’s time to recognize their dedication and nominate them for the 2012 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award.
This newspaper strongly supports the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards here in the Municipality of North Perth so we can provide recognition for such outstanding young people who continue to be fine examples of leaders in our community. The awards program is co-ordinated by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA), of which we are a member, and sponsored by TD Bank Group and Direct Energy.
Any Ontario resident ages six to 17 (must be at least six years old but no older than 17 by Nov. 30, 2012) is eligible to be chosen as an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year. Please help us by nominating an individual in one of four areas:
• A person involved in a worthwhile community service;
• A special young person contributing to their community while living with a physical or psychological limitation;
• An individual who has performed an act of heroism in the past year, or;
• Good kids who show a commitment to make life better for others and do more than is normally expected of someone their age.
Up to 12 nominees will be chosen as the final recipients of the provincial award and will be invited to a special ceremony held in the spring of 2013.
Nominate a deserving young person today, and we will personally present them with a certificate of recognition and showcase their contributions in The Listowel Banner. Help us pay tribute to our leaders of today and tomorrow.
Nomination deadline for the 2012 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards is Nov. 30. Nomination forms are available at www.ocna.org/juniorcitizen or by calling OCNA at 905-639-8720, ext. 239.