Inquirer Editorial: It's time to choose next Citizen of the Year

Sister Mary Scullion
Sister Mary Scullion
Posted: November 15, 2012

It's time for Inquirer readers to submit their nominations to receive the Editorial Board's ninth annual Citizen of the Year award.

This award isn't about celebrity or power. It honors actions exemplifying citizenship in its broadest sense by people who have helped their neighborhood, city, region, or nation in effective, creative ways, while demonstrating integrity and perseverance.

The 2011 winner was Sister Mary Scullion, who for more that two decades has been in the forefront of an uphill battle to improve the lot of the destitute men, women, and children who wander and sleep on the streets of Philadelphia.

Our first award was made in 2004 to former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean Sr. for his steady leadership of the 9/11 Commission.

Grassroots activists Timothy Potts, Eugene Stilp, and Russell Diamond won the 2005 award for leading the successful public revolt against Pennsylvania legislators' sneaky pay raise.

In 2006, former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. was cited for his Amachi program, which mentors kids with incarcerated parents.

Community leader Helen Gym, a consistent voice in support of improving public schools in Philadelphia, was the 2007 winner.

In 2008, former Common Cause director Harry S. Pozycki was cited for his work to get more New Jersey citizens involved in their local and state governments.

The 2009 winners were Marsha Levick and Lourdes Rosado of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, who were cited for uncovering the unjust detention of juveniles accused of crimes in Luzerne County.

In 2010, the winner was Helene Pierson, executive director of the Heart of Camden, who has worked tirelessly to make that city's Waterfront South neighborhood a better place for families.

So, who should be the 2012 Citizen of the Year? Tell us who you think deserves recognition.

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