Calling on Dubliners to nominate ‘Good Citizens’
Dublin City Council and Keith Duffy announce the inaugural Dublin City Good Citizen Awards on Monday 15th February, 2016.
The Good Citizen Awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution made to Dublin city by innumerable hidden heroes of everyday life. We are asking the public to nominate ordinary people who by their actions and contributions make this city an extraordinary place to live.
These individuals may lead, motivate or inspire others to contribute to the creation of a smarter, caring city guided by values that are not always recognised by society.
Speaking about the Good Citizen Awards, Keith Duffy said, “I congratulate Dublin City Council on introducing the Good Citizen Awards. We all know someone who is a hidden hero within our communities. These people have one thing in common – they have put others first. They make a hugely important contribution to the life of the city and its people. Their contribution doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves and these Awards aim to shine a spotlight on them.”
Nominations open on 15th February and will be accepted until Friday 18th March, 2016. All details and terms and conditions are at GoodCitizen
Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said “I encourage everyone to take the time to nominate a friend or colleague to receive a Good Citizen Award. The care and generosity of these individuals, displayed on a daily basis, often goes unnoticed. It is now time to show that their work is appreciated and acknowledged for the huge contribution it makes to their communities and through that, to everyone’s quality of life. Let’s get behind these hidden heroes and say a huge thank you for all the selfless work they do.”
There are nine categories for nomination and winners will be selected by an independent adjudication panel with Awards presented at a ceremony in the Mansion House in May 2016. Nominations can be completed online; forms are also available from all Dublin City Council offices, HSE Centres and Garda Stations.
"Volunteerism is the backbone of this city, communities flourish though the selfless work of these good citizens. I'm delighted that Dublin City Council are recognising the work of these selfless individuals and congratulate Cllr Mary Freehill on coming up with this initiative. I hope that the work of good citizens is acknowledged for many years to come" said Councillor Rebecca Moynihan, Chair of the Arts, Culture, Recreation and Community Strategic Policy Committee.
“I proposed and initiated this Dublin City Good Citizens Award because I see every day through my political work as a Councillor, the impact the goodness of volunteers has on our communities which adds so much to the social capitol of our city. This is my way of saying thank you to these volunteers” said Councillor Mary Freehill.
Photos will be circulated to picture desks by Jason Clarke Photography today, Sunday
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Nominations are invited under the following categories:
- Social Inclusion – recognising people who work to improve the lives of those who may be experiencing social exclusion
- Age Friendly – recognising the work of older helpers, or those who provide services for older people
- Community & Neighbourhood – recognising the work of those who add to the vibrancy of the city through their engagement with communities
- Sports & Recreation – recognising the work of people who work tirelessly with sporting groups and those engaging in recreational activities
- Arts Culture – recognising the important work of people who enhance their communities through art and/or cultural activities
- Children & Youth – recognising the work of younger helpers or those whose work has a positive impact on the lives of children and young people
- New Communities – recognising the work of those who work with new community and migrant groups living in the city
- Disability - recognising the work of those who have disabilities, or those who work with people with disabilities
- Lifetime Volunteer – recognising the work of an individual who has worked selflessly for others over a long period of time
The shortlisted ‘good citizens’ will attend an official ceremony which will take place in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on the 17th May 2016. Winners will be presented with a specially commissioned ‘Good Citizen Award pin’ designed by one of Ireland’s foremost jewellery designers chosen from an panel of jewellers selected by an independent international panel for high standards of design and technical skill.