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Dawn King displays her citizen of the year City of Corner Brook Achievement in Community Excellence (ACE) award at the Pepsi Studio in this May 2013 file photo.
The Achievement in Community Excellence (ACE) Awards challenge people to be better, says last year’s Citizen of the Year winner Dawn King.
“It helps, in some ways, to get others involved,” she said. “And not for what you’re going to get out of it, other than the fulfillment of doing something good for your community.”
The longtime volunteer has given her time to the Girl Guides of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Victorian Order of Nurses, Children’s Wish Foundation, Corner Brook Winter Carnival and Western Regional Hospital Foundation. She was nominated for induction into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2013.
“I don’t do it for the accolades or recognition or whatever,” she said. “Sometimes a thank-you is enough, but to know there are people out there who appreciate what you do is amazing.
“I think (the awards are) a wonderful thing.”
King said it was an honour to receive the nod as citizen of the year for 2013. She had no idea she was even nominated until she received an email inviting her to the awards reception.
“It’s like a cliché, I know, but I was really honoured to be nominated and totally surprised to win,” she said. “It was very humbling, I’ve got to say.”
The ACE Awards were established in 2012, under the city’s Community Services Department, in place of the Corner Brook Sustainable Community Awards and Corner Brook Sports Awards.
Coun. Keith Cormier is a member of the community services policy advisory committee, along with fellow councillor and committee chair Mary Ann Murphy.
Cormier believes the awards are vital to the area because they allow for “unique and exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses” to be celebrated.
“It’s very important for us as a city to recognize those people that make Corner Brook a unique, beautiful city in which to live and work,” he said.
Nominations forms are available at thewesternstar.com or cornerbrook.com with a submission deadline of April 18.