John DeSmit Citizen of the Year Nomination

The Citizen of the year award is presented to a person who has contributed freely to making the gay community a better place to live. This contribution, although not necessarily publicly acclaimed, is one that allows each of us to move through life more freely and with more companionship among our neighbours and acquaintances.

John DeSmit was a man at ease with life and who socialized freely with everyone around him. He loved having a good time and demanded nothing from those he encountered. He showed the unaware that gay people are worth caring about. He was himself cared about by many people from all walks of life and his untimely death was a tragic loss to all who knew him.

Presented to any community member who has shown regard and / or demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community.

The nominees for the Citizen of the Year Award shall be forwarded by the general membership, who will present their nominations to the members of the upper house, who will provide a short list of nominees to the Board. The Executive Board will then make a decision regarding the approval of the recipient.

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