The Fairfax County Citizen of the Year Award
Purpose of the Award:
Recognize and honor those citizens whose voluntary
contributions of time and talent have resulted in major accomplishments
that have enhanced the quality of life for citizens of Fairfax County.
The Fairfax County Citizen of the Year Award is sponsored
by the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations and other civic-minded organizations in Fairfax County. Each year, a selection committee of county-wide organizations meets to review nominations for the Federation's "Citizen of the Year" and Citation(s) of Merit. The winners are honored at our annual banquet, scheduled in the spring.
Eligibility for both the Citizen of the Year Award and the Citation of Merit:
- Nominee must be a current resident of Fairfax County.
- The Citizen of the Year is recognized for voluntary acts that are not related to employment.
- Elected officials and full-time County or Commonwealth
employees are ineligible for consideration if their contributions are
related to their full-time positions.
- Contributions and accomplishments must have countywide rather than local significance.
- The nominee's achievements can be either:
- General, such as multi-year community service with one or
more organizations or activities with cumulative impact over the years
of current importance or with positive implications for the future, or
- Specific, including intense efforts as the major promoter of a single program or project completed in a finite period of time.
Special Gratitude Awards:
- Although elected officials and full-time County or
Commonwealth employees are ineligible for consideration as Citizen of
the Year or Citation of Merit honorees if their contributions are
related to their full-time positions, they may be considered for Special
- Persons whose contributions of time and talent resulted
in major accomplishments that have enhanced the quality of life for
citizens of Fairfax County, who do not meet the published eligibility
standards for the Citizen of the Year consideration, may be honored by
Federation Special Gratitude Awards
- Non-residents and deceased residents who have otherwise
qualified for the Citizen of the Year Award may also be nominated for a
Special Gratitude Award.
The 2016 Nomination form is available online and in RTF format.
Nominations will be accepted from 1 December 2016 to 31 January 2017
The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens' Associations
request the pleasure of your company at the
Sixty-Sixth Annual Awards Banquet
2015 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year
Olga Hernandez acknowledges her designation as Citizen of the Year as Sherry Zachry and Dianne Blais, LWV-FA Co-President, look on
Citation of Merit Honorees
Doug Sanderson receives the Citation of Merit: (from left to right) Linda S. Sullivan, president & CEO, of the Arts Council of Fairfax County; Audrey Goldstein; Douglas J. Sanderson; Scott Sanderson; and Fairfax County Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust
Jim Hart is congratulated on his Citation of Merit: (from the left) At-large Planning Commissioner Tim Sargeant, Planning Commission Chair, Citizen of the Year 2012 and Springfield Planning Commissioner Peter Murphy, BZA member Norman Byers, At-Large School Board member Ilryong Moon, Board of Zoning Appeals Chair John Ribble, Federation President Tim Thompson, Former At-large Planning Commissioner and Citizen of the Year 2011 Walter Alcorn, Jim Hart, At-large Planning Commissioner and Citizen of the Year 2013 Janyce Hedetniemi, Lee Planning Commissioner James Migliaccio, Dranesville District planning commissioner John Ulfelder and former Sully Planning Commissioner Ron Koch
Celebrating Philip Rosenthal's Citation of Merit: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Willie F. Bailey, Phil's daughter and wife, Lisa and Gloria Rosenthal, and Anthony and Maisha Rogers
As Shirley Ginwright acknowledges her Citation of Merit, Fairfax Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, Federation President Tim Thompson, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Fairfax Police Chief Edwin Roessler, Jr, stand with her on the podium
Special Gratitude Award Honoree
Sally Sibley acknowledges her Special Gratitude Award as with Federation President Tim Thompson and Debi Alexander, Director of Development, Phillips Programs for Children and Families, stand behind her
On Sunday, the third of April
Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia
Cocktails 5:30 p.m.
Program 6:30 p.m.
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The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations,
established in 1940, is the countywide voice for homeowner, civic, and
community associations. An all-volunteer organization, The Federation
works on issues that impact Fairfax County residents, including
education, transportation, the environment, human services, land use,
the county budget, and state and federal legislative issues.
PRESS CONTACT: Jeff Parnes, COY Chair, FedCOY2017 @ fairfaxfederation.org, phone 703-424-2956.