Nominations for Senior of the Year will go on without expo

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While at home, residents are asked to nominate a Chatham-Kent resident for the Senior of the Year award, even though there won’t be an official ceremony.

The 2020 Chatham-Kent Senior Expo and Achievement Awards ceremony has been cancelled due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the municipality is still seeking nominations.

“We have been recognizing older adults and seniors for more than 30 years in our community,” said Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff. “If anything, it’s even more important this year to honour those who give so much.”

The awards were first handed out in Blenheim 33 years ago as a way to recognize the older adults and senior citizens who contribute to the community or have achieved significant goals. The person chosen to receive the Senior of the Year award is usually honoured during the Senior Expo held in June at the Blenheim Arena.

“The seniors in our community who continue to give are an example to all of us that the spirit of caring and the desire to help others isn’t defined by age but by strength of character,” said Councillor Mary Clare Latimer, Senior Expo committee chairperson.

The nomination period opened in March and the deadline to nominate a person who is 55+ is still on May 8.

An impartial selection committee appointed by the mayor will choose the Chatham-Kent Senior of the Year.

Nomination forms are available online.

Residents who prefer to submit a nomination in the mail are asked to call the mayor’s office at (519)360-1998 ext. 3001 during business hours.