Deadline for next round of nominations is July 1, 2019

The nomination application deadline for the fourth honoree in Sebastopol's Locals Who Make a Difference program is July 1st. The program helps acknowledge and thank members of the Sebastopol community for their contributions in helping to make Sebastopol a better place to live. Honorees are recognized with banners lining Sebastopol’s Main Street and Downtown Plaza, a proclamation by the City Council, and on the City website. There are three honorees each year, with each honoree being featured for approximately four months. Past honorees include, Carson Pforsich, Meg Mizutani, Roger & Linda Collins and Pat Schoch.

The next honoree will be announced at the August 6 City Council meeting. Applications for nominees not chosen for the current round will be retained for future consideration.

Mayor Neysa Hinton brought forth the idea of the Locals Who Make A Difference recognition program in late 2017. "People say over and over that what makes Sebastopol unique and special is the people who live here. Our residents are the ‘heart’ of this community. Let's recognize and celebrate them with a recognition program sponsored by the City," said Hinton.

Anyone may submit a nomination application. Nominees must be living and must reside in Sebastopol or identify Sebastopol as their home community. The accomplishment or contribution to the Sebastopol community for which the nominee is being recognized must not be their primary source of income. Applications will be reviewed by the program subcommittee and approved by the City Council.

Applications are available at Sebastopol City Hall (7120 Bodega Ave.), Public Works (714 Johnson St.), and on the City’s website. The program is sponsored by the City of Sebastopol. Sonoma West Times & News has donated promotional space.