Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Organization of the Year
Each year, the City of Dublin recognizes outstanding individuals and groups who have contributed to the quality of life in Dublin in the previous year. The Young Citizen of the Year recognizes the volunteer service of Dublin’s youth in 1st through 12th grade.
Nomination criteria for the awards are based on five established criteria: the Dublin Integrity In Action’s 10 Characteristics (i.e., Responsibility, Respectfulness, Caring, Giving, Positive Attitude, Trustworthiness, Cooperation, Doing One’s Best, Honesty, and Self-Discipline); originality and uniqueness of the activity/project; overall relevance and importance to the community; time and effort spent; and challenge(s) in accomplishing the activity/project.
Nominations typically begin in December each year, with the winners announced at a Volunteer Recognition Event to be held the following February.
The Organization of the Year receives a $500 cash prize, and a $300 donation is given to each of the Citizen and Youth Citizen of the Year’s favorite non-profit organization.
The Mayor also selects a "Mayor's Award" winner for outstanding work done in the previous year; and the "Mayor's Legacy Award," for outstanding work done over a long period of time.
The 2020 winners were: Citizen of the Year: Michael D'Ambrosio Young Citizen of the Year: Anya Sengupta Organization of the Year: Breaking BEARriers Mayor's Award: Open Heart Kitchen Mayor's Legacy Award: Connie Mack