2017-12-07 / News

Take final chance to submit Great Person nominations

It’s time for the Courier’s Great Person Award nominations.

Each year we ask our readers to tell us who has influenced their lives. There are no special qualifications for the Great Person Award – it’s simply to honor those who make this community a special place to live.

Your Great Person may be the person who hands you your morning coffee daily with a smile on her face. It may be the volunteer who works tirelessly for an area nonprofit. It may be a teacher who spends that extra moment helping you, or a police officer who coaches your child’s basketball team. The award is meant to be a thank you for all they do during the year.

The winner will be interviewed for a newspaper story.

There are two steps in the Great Person Award process – nominations and then voting.

Nominations will be accepted through noon, Friday, Dec. 8. A ballot of everyone nominated will be printed in the Dec. 14 edition.

Four nominations have been submitted so far.

Biddeford resident and former city councilor Bob Mills nominated Jim Godbout, also a Biddeford resident, “for his overwhelming dedicated passion to our city and schools. I personally thank him for the work he’s participating in at Waterhouse Field and other projects throughout Biddeford.”

Jeremie Sirois, principal of Biddeford High School, also nominated Godbout.

“Jim is one of the most selfless people I have ever met. His kids are grown and he still finds time to donate his time and resources to the students of Biddeford. He has spearheaded the Waterhouse Field Renovation. Without Jim Godbout the students of my high school may have been playing away games rather than continuing to play at historic Waterhouse Field,” Sirois wrote in the nomination. “He has given countless hours to see to it that Waterhouse Field will be there for many years to come. He has also been a huge contributor to the Red Ribbon Committee. Over the course of the last couple of years Jim’s passion to end substance use and abuse has been at the forefront of his Rotary work. He has helped to raise thousands of dollars which have been put to use to educate students in the communities of Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach. Simply put, Jim is a great man who cares deeply about his communities and when he sees a prob- lem he tries to fix it. I certainly appreciate all the work that Jim has done for the students of Biddeford and feel that he is most deserving of this honor.

Sen. Justin Chenette nominated Rob Biggs, executive director of Saco Main Street, a downtown revitalization organization.

“Rob Biggs has been instrumental in reinvigorating Saco’s downtown development organization, Saco Main Street,” Chenette wrote in his nomination. “As a board member with this organization, I’ve seen firsthand Rob’s commitment to Saco’s growth and devotion to its people. From putting in late hours planning major community events, to personally decorating our downtown, to promoting the very best our small businesses have to offer, Rob goes above and beyond the call of duty to make Saco the place to live, work, and play. His can-do attitude is infectious and makes me want to be better and do more. I’m pleased to nominate him for the 2017 Great Person Award.”

The Rev. Catherine Anglea of Second Congregational Church in Biddeford was nominated by Meredith Crain for Anglea’s work as pastor, with Community Partners to Protect Children, YCCA, Joyful Harvest, the children’s Chrimas shopping program and as a foster parent.

Biddeford resident Carol Roberts nominated Susan Simpson, who helped worked at the former Common Connection Club in Biddeford, a social club where those in need could go for support.

Voting will end at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 27, and the winner will be announced in the next edition.

How can you nominate a Great Person? It’s simple:

 You may nominate a person by mailing an explanation to Mainely Media LLC, 457 Alfred St., Biddeford, ME 04005. We need to know the address and phone number of each nominee and we need to know your contact information in case we have questions (this information will not be printed). Feel free to attach a longer explanation about why you nominated a Great Person.

 You may nominate a person electronically by emailing it to editor@inthecourier.com or faxing it to 282-4339.

 We also are happy to accept nominations dropped off at our office, 457 Alfred St. in Biddeford.

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