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Citizen of the Year

Each year the Citizen of the Year Committee seeks nominations from the community of people who could be selected as Novato Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is always a well kept Novato secret until the night of Novato’s Birthday Party. The 2018 Citizen of the Year will be announced during Novato’s Birthday Party at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging on Friday January 25, 2019.

We hope YOU will join us for this “Evening of History and Tradition” celebrating the City’s Birthday!

Novato Citizen of the Year 2017

Previous Novato Citizens of the Year

NOMINATE! Choose your 2018 Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year 2017

Ed Schulze, Novato Citizen of the Year 2017Ed Schulze was the recipient for 2017 in an event held at the Buck Institute for Research in Aging in honor of past Citizen of the Year and Paint the Town Red committee member Dietrich Stroeh, who passed away in May 2017.

Ed became a super volunteer while he was working at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo for the U.S. Department of Defense. After getting involved with his homeowners association, he became a dedicated supporter of the Novato Fire Protection District, the Novato Police Department Citizen Police Academy, the Marin County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy, the Marin County Parole Board, the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force Oversight Committee, and the Marin County Operational Area Disaster and Citizen Corps Council.

He helped spearhead the annual Novato Clean & Green Day, the Novato Streetscape Committee, and the city’s Street Improvement Oversight Advisory Committee. He served on the Marin County Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board, and the State of California’s Abalone Advisory Committee.

Want to nominate someone?

Do you know anyone who might qualify for Citizen of the Year? Don’t be shy! if a member of your family or organization you belong to deserves to be nominated, please do so. If you have nominated someone in the past who was not selected, please do so again as it is always a difficult choice and this may be the year that your candidate is selected.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. A nominee must have resided or worked within the Novato Geographic Area for at least seven (7) years.
  2. Nominations are to be made and resumes obtained, with no prior knowledge on the part of the nominee.
  3. Nominee names will not be divulged. Prior to the public announcement, the chosen recipient’s name will only be disclosed to the appropriate organizations i.e., City of Novato, Senator, Assemblyperson, Congressional Representative and nominator etc. The media will not be advised of the recipient’s identity until the award is made at the event.
  4. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year, but all nominations must be received by November 25, 2018. Please send nominations to: Novato Citizen of the Year Committee, P.O. Box 1347, Novato, CA 94948.
  5. The person or organization making the nomination will be responsible for obtaining the necessary information concerning the nominee and assuring his/her attendance at the event on January 25, 2019.
  6. Nominees for this award should be a person who has been an outstanding volunteer in the Novato Community. His/her contributions should be in a number of different areas i.e., youth, senior, religious, community organizations, in addition to his/her business and/or profession. The nominee cannot hold public office at the time of nomination.
  7. Only one person can receive this award for a given year. A couple, should they be nominated, will be considered as one person.

Nomination Form

Applications will be reviewed by the committee. The Citizen of the Year is always a well kept Novato secret until the night of Novato’s Birthday Party.

Download, fill out and mail your nomination to:

Novato Citizen of the Year Committee
P.O. Box 1347
Novato, CA 94948

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