Nominations Open For 2022 Batavia Citizen Of The Year


BATAVIA, IL — Is there a Batavia citizen who you believe exemplifies giving back to the community through outstanding service and dedication? If so, nominate them for the annual Batavia Citizen of the Year Award. The award honors extraordinary contributions to the community over the course of the recipient’s lifetime.

This person (or persons) will be the guest of honor at the Batavia Chamber of Commerce’s annual recognition event. The Inspire 2023 awards celebration takes place in April 2023.

The Citizen of the Year Award is given to a local resident whose service and dedication have made a significant contribution to the community. Criteria for the award are:

  • The nominee must reside, or have their business, in Batavia or Batavia Township.
  • The nominee must have assisted in an improvement or program of significant value to the Batavia community.
  • The improvement must be made as a result of a personal commitment and not substantially as a result of their primary employment or public responsibilities.
  • The nominee may not currently be on the Board of Directors of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.
  • The nominee does not need to be a member of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.
  • The contributions of the nominee to the community should be of an extraordinary nature.

To nominate a deserving person, submit a letter of recommendation to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Wilson St., no later than Friday, Nov. 11. The letter should state the reasons why the nominee is worthy of this honor. It can be dropped off, mailed, or emailed to Margaret@bataviachamber.org. A committee of previous recipients of the award selects the Batavia Citizen of the Year based upon the letters of recommendation received.

The last 10 Batavia Citizen of the Year winners are Dan Hoefler (2021), Bob Hansen (2020), Nanette “Nan” Phillips (2019), Georgene Kauth O’Dwyer (2018), Marcia Boyce (2017), Ed and Nancy Weiss (2016), Joanne Spitz (2015), J. Thomas “Tom” Von Lunen (2014), James (Jim) Hanson (2013), and Steve and Britta McKenna (2012).

Contact Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce via email margaret@bataviachamber.org or by calling (630) 879-7134 for more information.


This press release was produced by Batavia Chamber of Commerce. The views expressed here are the author’s own.



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