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Ian Seaby was named citizen of the year
REPORTING · 3rd July 2010
Walter McFarlane
During the public speaker’s portion of the Canada Day Stage Show, Mayor Joanne Monaghan stepped up to the stage to make some presentions.

“I have a wonderful job to do today and that is to give out some Kitimat Community Youth awards,” said Monaghan.

She called Nathan Closter forward for a $200 Jr. Education certificate and to Nicole DeGoeij and Sam McWhannel for a $300 Sr. Certificate. “ these awards are for doing excellent in the community and we really appreciate them doing that,” said Monaghan.

The next awards were the 2010 community recognition awards. Marion Allondo was given an award for volunteering with the Kitimat Seniors Association. Augie Penner received an award for service with the Kitimat Minor Hockey Association. Linda Campbell was given an award for Volunteer Service with the Community of Kitimat. Mary Anne Sweet was given an award for Volunteer work on the Library Board and with Kitimat Emergency Service.

Madeleine Robinson received a Volunteer Service Award for the work she does at the Child Development Centre, Mount Elizabeth Secondary School, and Roy Wilcox Advisory Committees. Dr. Derek Carstens with the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group. Finally, Michelle and Julie Wakita were recognized for volunteering with Mount Elizabeth Secondary School Sports teams.

Following the Community Recognition awards were Recognition of Excellent Awards. Betty Glover was recognized for Gold in Golf at the BC Senior Winter Games. Anne Berrisford was recognized in bronze while Gary Weir was recognized for Silver.

Max and Dorothy Cheyne were recognized for bronze in Whist for the BC Senior Games, 2009. “There you have the Whist Couple of Kitimat,” said Monaghan.

The Bantam Fastball team was called next for their Provincial Silver win. They were followed by the Midget Fastball team who also took silver in their provincial. Conner Buick was called up for a provincial gold win and a National Bronze win in Lacross.

For Karate in the BC Winter Games, Eric Johnson was called forth for his Silver, Barker Geoffrey and Steven Horianopoulos were called up next.

Finally, Monaghan was asked to present the Citizen of the year award to Ian Seaby. “He is the Kitimat Citizen of the Year for 2010, he was born and raised in Kitimat, he is married and has two children,” said Monaghan.

In the 90s, he was asked to coach soccer and started looking after the fields. He became the field coordinator and in 1997, became the field supervisor.

“He performs all duties ranging from mowing grass to supervising and reporting on expenses for all improvements to the fields and facilities although this development has exceeded extensive support from individuals from within the community. Ian has been involved in the process in transforming a former waste materials dump site into 1st class irrigated sports field complete with clubhouse and paved parking,” said Monaghan. “He really deserves this award.”

Before Monaghan stepped off the stage, she was asked to draw prizes from the Kitimat Spirit Dollars Promotion. She then passed out balls to the Kids and wished everyone a good Canada Day.
Linda Campbell was recognized for the work she does
Linda Campbell was recognized for the work she does
Nathan Closter, Nicole DeGoeij and Sam McWhannel received recognition and education certificates for the volunteer work they do
Nathan Closter, Nicole DeGoeij and Sam McWhannel received recognition and education certificates for the volunteer work they do
Max and Dorothy Cheyne were recognized as Kitimat's Whist Champions
Max and Dorothy Cheyne were recognized as Kitimat's Whist Champions