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Sudbury?s Robert McCarthy won an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award in 2000. Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, this young man has twice been the local ambassador for the Easter Seal Society in Sudbury.
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Sudbury?s Robert McCarthy won an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award in 2000.

Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, this young man has twice been the local ambassador for the Easter Seal Society in Sudbury.

Northern Life, a member of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA), supports the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award and encourages readers to nominate someone for the 2003 awards.

The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards Program strives not only to recognize the dozen or so outstanding young people who will be the recipients of awards, but it also give recognition to hundreds of others who represent the ?good kids? we all know. To achieve this, everyone nominated receives a certificate of congratulations.

Co-ordinated by the OCNA with the support of its 260 member newspapers, corporate sponsor, Tembec Paper Group, and many patrons, the Junior Citizen program is also wholeheartedly supported by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Nomination forms are available from the Ontario Community Newspapers Association, 3050 Harvester Rd., Suite 103, Burlington, Ontario L7N 3J1, (905-639-8720, ext. 228.) They can be downloaded from the website at www.ocna.org.

Any resident of Ontario, aged 6 to 17 years, is eligible to receive an Ontario Junior Citizen Award. Groups or individuals may be nominated. Nominees may be involved in worthwhile community service; special young people who are contributing while living with a physical or psychological limitation; or individuals who have performed acts of heroism or bravery.

A committee of community newspaper publishers and editors will select the award recipients from all nominations received; selections are made in early January.

Up to 12 individuals and one group will be recipients of an award presented by the Lieutenant Governor during the Ontario Community Newspapers Association convention the following March. Recipients and their families are invited to attend celebrations and festivities.

Each Ontario Junior Citizen of the year receives: a plaque citing his or her accomplishments, a Junior Citizen of the Year lapel pin, $200 cash, and a portrait.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 30.



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