Giving recognition to our youth
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Oct 17, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Giving recognition to our youth

Stratford Gazette

Stratford Gazette editorial

This newspaper often features photos and stories about youth from Stratford and area. We're thrilled to report on the accomplishments of our young people. We are also sure there are more stories about youth involvement in worthy causes that haven't yet been told. And that's why we are happy to be a part of an organization that consistently recognizes and awards great kids.

If you know someone who’s deserving of recognition, the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award may be something to consider. Every year, the prestigious program, organized by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) with support from TD Canada Trust and Direct Energy, recognizes over 100 outstanding youth from across Ontario.

“Who are tomorrow’s leaders?” asks a news release promoting the awards. “Take a look around — there is one in every crowd and most don’t even realize they are making a difference. Across Ontario, youth are dedicating their time and energy to bettering their communities and the world.”

Nominations for the awards may come from anyone in the community who wishes to recognize a deserving young person for all they do. Nominations should document the activities of the nominee with letters, newspaper clippings, recommendations, photographs, etc. Any resident of Ontario, aged six to 17 years is eligible to receive an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award. Only individuals may be nominated. A committee of community newspaper publishers, editors, and sponsoring company representatives will select the award recipients from all nominations received.

Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 30. For details, visit www.ocna.org or call 905-639-8720, ext. 239. Or, if you prefer a more personal touch, the Stratford Gazette is a member of OCNA. You can come and get an application here. We’ll gladly pass along your nomination for a future (or current) community leader.

– Gazette staff

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