Peter Defeo

Peter Defeo

Citizen of the Year nominations

Nelson’s Knights of Columbus are seeking nominations for 2015 Citizen of the Year.

Nelson’s Knights of Columbus are seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year.

The annual event, which was on the verge of being cancelled, has been revived thanks to a new partnership with the Nelson Star.

The Knights and the newspaper have joined forces to organize the nomination process, selection committee and celebration.

“After 50 years of offering the program we are very happy to have the Star assist, as the Knights have come across difficulties in processing the program,” said Bob Tremblay, Knights financial secretary.

The award recognizes an individual who has made all-around volunteer contributions to the community in recreation, civic service, youth work and/or religious activities.

“Basically any volunteer activity that’s assisting fellow members of the community,” said Tremblay, “and the spirit that the person gives in their contribution.”

Nelson Star publisher Karen Bennett said, “It’s important to recognize volunteers so we’ve stepped in to help ensure this important award continues.”

Citizen of the Year nomination papers are located at the Nelson Star website contest section and at the office (514 Hall Street) where they can also be submitted.

Details and criteria for nominations are included as part of the nomination package.

The deadline for nominations is at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27.

All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of five judges.

For more information about the award, contact Bob Tremblay at 250-825-9204 or Karen Bennett at

In 2014, Peter Defeo, 56, was awarded the honour for his 38 years serving as an auxiliary firefighter with Nelson Fire Rescue.