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July 30 & 31, 2022 • Transfer Beach & Downtown Ladysmith, BC

The award

The Citizen of the Year Award is presented for outstanding Community Service over a period of time. The service must be voluntary and does not include service where there has been a connection to normal employment. Businesses, organizations and service groups are welcome to nominate individuals in recognition of their volunteer service.

2021 - The Healthcare Worker

Ladysmith's health care workers and the Vancouver Island Health Authority were named the 2021 Citizens of the Year at Ladysmith Days Kinsmen Parade on August 1st. Health care workers were chosen as citizens of the year for their dedicated service to the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Without health care workers and the success of Canada's vaccine rollout, it's unlikely events like Ladysmith Days would have occurred.

2019 -

Denny Forrest

2018 -

Ray Delcourt

2017 -

Jim Delcourt

2016 -

Myfanwy Plecas

2015 - Rob Johnson
2014 - Nita Grant
2013 - Maureen Martin
2012 - Bill Drysdale
2011 - Ladysmith Maritime Society
2010 - Jim Cram
2009 - Gus and Gay Armstrong
2008 - Bob Raapana
2007 - Aili Kenyon
2006 - Pat Edge
2005 - Kit Wilmot
2004 - Fran Carey
2003 - Dr. Tom and Wilma Wickham
2002 - Pam Carmichael and Derek Dorken
2001 - Wayne Richmond and Mary Rasmussen
2000 - Don “Duck” and Tracy Paterson
1999 - Tom Beames
1998 - Gordon Paterson and Ladysmith Hospital Auxiliary
1997 - Larry Adair
1996 - Bonnie Wilson
1995 - John and Flow Gourlay
1994 - Anne Wavrecan
1993 - Georgie Oliver
1992 - Glenda Patterson
1991 - Rev. H. W. Nettleton
1990 - Dennis and Pat Irvine
1988 - Bernard Churchill
1987 - Vince Herkel
1986 - Howie Davis
1985 - Florence Stewart
1984 - Marg Swettenham
1983 - Erik and Ruth Peereson
1982 - Betty Davidson
1981 - Beth Chalmers
1980 - Orval Delcourt
1979 - Ray Knight
1978 - Elizabeth Adams
1977 - Una Haughton

Nominate the next Citizen of the Year

If there is a volunteer you believe has been contributing to the community outside their place of work, this is their chance to be recognized. Nominations are accepted until June 15 of each year.