The mayor of the Village of Christopher Lake has been selected as the 2012 Lakeland Citizen of the Year.
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Mayor Denis Daughton of Christopher Lake has been selected as the 2012 Lakeland Citizen of the Year.
Denis Daughton said being recognized for the award was âkind of surprising.â
âItâs kind of funny because Iâm a mayor and usuallyâŠ Iâve never heard of a mayor being citizen of the year â or any politician for that matter,â he said. âAnd even though Iâm a low-key politician, Iâm still a politician.â
The Lakeland Citizen of the Year began in 1984. Each year, people who have contributed to the communities of the Lakeland area â consisting of the RM of Lakeland, the RM of Paddockwood and the Village of Christopher Lake â are nominated to be recognized for their efforts.
The Lakeland recreation board oversees the Citizen of the Year process.
âThe criteria for the citizen of the year âŠ itâs really people who have contributed to the community â be it through a service group or a number of different at a municipal level,â said Cheryl Bauer Hyde, the chair of the board.
âItâs important in communities to recognize those people who often play a leadership role in the community â or sometimes have not been in a leadership role but has always been there â and contribute to help make things happen because in smaller communities you really rely on the volunteers âŠ,â she added. âWeâre really celebrating all of the volunteers in the area that do so much to make this place a great place to live.â
Daughton said often he finds himself doing the jobs that no one else wants to do.
The projects he has found himself a part of this past year includes providing drainage for two subdivisions, improving infrastructure, helping to maintain the curling rink and trying to bring water and sewage to the Village of Christopher Lake.
Daughton has also been an active part of the Western Days committee and the Christopher Lake, Paddockwood and Lakeland Recreation committee.
Though some of these accomplishments overlap with his duties as mayor, Daughton said all he does is look out for his community.
âI try and do whatâs best for the community,â he said. âAnd I pitch in when something thatâs got to get done, I do it,â he said.
Daughton said there were a handful of people that immediately came to mind when thinking of who else was deserving of the recognition Citizen of the Year brings.
âI can think of two gentlemen for sure and thereâs a number of women definitely are deserving of that title,â he said. âThey would probably say they donât deserve it, donât bother; thatâs the way they are, they donât really want the spotlightâŠ
âIâm not really big on the spotlight either but I guess I got picked because I do what I do,â he added.
Daughton plans to nominate these individuals for next yearâs award to ensure their efforts will not go unnoticed.
A potluck supper will be held at the Legion Hall in Christopher Lake to recognize Daughtonâs accomplishments on Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. A representative from the District of Lakeland and MLA Nadine Wilson will also be present at the event.
Daughton said itâs the volunteers that put in the extra effort, which is what Citizen of the Year is all about.
âSome people that try to keep the community together and there are some that try to pull it apart,â he said. âThe fact of the matter is, weâre stronger if weâre together and weâre a lot weaker if weâre apart.â