JCI Vernon Good Citizen of the Year

Member

Laura Code


Duration

From November 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

Target

City of Vernon


Target population

60000


Sustainable Development Goal

Partnerships for the Goals


Development stage

Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability


Purpose

To carry on a long-standing tradition of honoring active citizenship in the community of Vernon.


Overview

Each year, JCI Vernon recognizes an outstanding member of the community of Vernon. This award is handed out to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference. The winner is awarded in a "surprise" ceremony, recognized by the community during the Vernon Winter Carnival and given the opportunity to donate $500 to the charity of their choice, provided by our corporate sponsor.


Actions Taken

1
Prepare Project Business Plan, present to local organization for approval, submit project report at end of project.
2
Press Release with Call for Nominations from general public.
3
Review nominations and coordinate selection process.
4
Secure sponsor for $500 donation to Good Citizen's charity of choice.
5
Organize and execute surprise for selected Good Citizen - invite media, JCI Vernon members and sponsor to attend surprise.
6
Vernon Winter Carnival event preparation for parade and formal award presentation; includes inviting past Good Citizens.

Results

Nominations were received and reviewed, with Carol Armstrong selected as Good Citizen of the Year and recognized for her volunteer efforts. Ms. Armstrong is the founder and leader of the Single Friends 60+ Group, which has brought together older members of the community for the past 17 years. She also actively raises funds for the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society.

JCI Vernon partnered with Kidston and Company LLP, who provided a $500 donation to the Good Citizen's charity of choice,
The recognition events a the Vernon Winter Carnival provided exposure of JCI to the community. The project chair developed project management and communication skills.


Recommendations

Due to the value in recognizing active citizenship in our community, it is important to continue running this project. Start early with project planning, and promote as much as possible to get more nominations submitted. Opportunity to have an established member paired with a newer member as co-chairs for mentorship opportunity.

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