It's time to nominate Burnaby's citizen of the year

Do you know an extra-special local volunteer?

Do you know a Burnaby resident who goes above and beyond for their community?

Nominate them for the Kushiro Cup, the city’s annual award for its most outstanding citizen. 

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The trophy, named after Kushiro, Japan (Burnaby’s sister city), is awarded to a local volunteer who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment of time and energy to their community.

The individual can be anyone dedicated to the betterment of the community who isn’t an elected official. 

“Volunteers are the driving force that helps our city thrive,” Mayor Mike Hurley said in a press release. “They are our friends, family members, coworkers and neighbours – sharing their time and talents to help their fellow residents and our community. Let’s hear their stories.”

The 2018 citizen of the year was Byrne Creek Secondary teacher Laida Falsetto, who was recognized for her work mentoring refugee students.

Nominations for the 2019 Kushiro Cup are now open until Feb. 21. The winner will be announced on March 23. To nominate someone, go to

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