Citizen Of The Year

Please help us recognize a deserving citizen who gives their time and talent for the benefit of our community by nominating them for Citizen of the Year. If you have nominated someone in the past – you may re-submit an application – each year many are nominated, but only one person is chosen annually.

Deadline for nominations is October 1, 2017. Download the 2017 Citizen of the Year Nomination Form here.

Selection: The Festival of Lights committee will review all nominations. This committee is comprised of York community members who then choose three finalists. These nominations are submitted to the York Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors who then make the final decision.

Criteria: Volunteer efforts must benefit the town of York. Nominee does not have to be a resident of York. Chamber Board of Directors are not eligible.
Winner will be announced at the Annual Chamber Member Dinner in November. The winner will be the Grand Marshal for the Festival of Lights Parade.

WINNER : 2016 Citizen Of The Year, Mark Stephens

Mark has silently gone about doing good deeds in the town for years, including donations to Toys for Tots, the Food Pantry and various other organizations and people that may need some help. He’s one of those good neighbor, good citizen guys that doesn’t like a lot of recognition.

He has also donated his time coaching. When not officially coaching you knew who was cheering, or sometimes questioning a call from the stands. Just ask his children.

Mark began the annual Be The Pig Roast several years ago. This has raised funds for multiple charities throughout the years, and it’s a fun time. Mark provides his home as a location and does all the leg work himself including getting donations, taking care of all the food, the band, etc. An act of kindness that he enjoys doing as much as all those who attend.

To sum it up, Mark Stephens is a big man with an even bigger heart!


Call Holly Roberts, Director, at 207-363-4422 or email