Several Dublin residents who made positive and meaningful impact on their community over the past year were crowned the 2019 Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Organization of the Year during a special ceremony last month at the Shannon Community Center.
The awards recognize "outstanding individuals and groups who have contributed to the quality of life in Dublin," according to the city.
Recipients were selected based on the Dublin Integrity in Action Program's 10 Characteristics: Responsibility, Respectfulness, Caring, Giving, Positive Attitude, Trustworthiness, Cooperation, Doing One's Best, Honesty, and Self-Discipline. The Young Citizen of the Year celebrates volunteer service done by Dublin's youth in grades one through 12.
Two other special awards, the Mayor's Award and Mayor's Legacy Award, were also given out at the Feb. 19 ceremony.
The Mayor's Award is given by the mayor of Dublin to "someone whom he believes has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Dublin community in the previous calendar year," while the Legacy Award is presented to a group or individual to "recognize extraordinary, long-term dedication to the Dublin community."
Recipients were celebrated at last week's meeting of the Dublin City Council. The Organization of the Year will receive a $500 cash prize, and the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year recipients will have $300 each donated to their favorite non-profit organization.
The winners this year are:
* Citizen of the Year: Liz Crocker
* Young Citizen of the Year: Emily Que and Haley Tjon
* Organization of the Year: Dublin 4-H
* Mayor's Award: Vanessa Thomas and the Dublin Arts Collective
* Mayor's Legacy Award: GFWC Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club
More information about each recipient is available at www.dublin.ca.gov/volunteers.