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2020 Citizen of the Year

On behalf of the Carleton Place Citizen of the Year Committee, we would like to extend Season’s Greetings and provide an update on the Citizen of the Year delegation.

In normal circumstances, the Citizen of the Year would be involved in many of the major events throughout the year, including bringing greetings during the Canada Day Opening Ceremonies, riding in the Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade, and continuing the tradition of naming the next Citizen of the Year at the Town Appreciation event.

Unfortunately, due to the cancellation of all events and gatherings for this year, we feel we have lost the opportunity to appropriately acknowledge and honour our 2019 Citizen of the Year - Jerry Flynn.

With this year being unprecedentedly different, so too is our decision for the 2020 Citizen of the Year. The committee felt that it would be fair and appropriate to use the 2021 year to properly acknowledge and celebrate Jerry Flynn for all that he has done and continues to do for our community.

Therefore, we have made the decision to not choose one individual to be named the 2020 Citizen of the Year. We feel the honour of 2020 Citizen of the Year belongs to every resident in Carleton Place.

Our residents have shown extreme tenacity, resilience, and kindness throughout the 2020 year and we feel that in these unprecedented times, that strength should be celebrated.

This year has shown countless examples of businesses stepping up to support fellow businesses, residents lending a hand to one another in times of need, and community groups forming to ensure no resident is left behind.

We believe the hundreds of examples of our residents coming together to keep our community strong throughout these difficult times is what makes Carleton Place such an amazing place to live, and therefore we wish to acknowledge and celebrate each and everyone of you.

We optimistically look forward to a more normal 2021, where we can have Jerry Flynn take part in the typical Citizen of the Year honours, and he will have the pleasure of awarding the 2021 Citizen of the Year in December 2021.

On behalf of the Carleton Place Citizen of the Year Committee, we wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to celebrating with you in the 2021 year.