Call for Nominations for 2018 Citizen of the Year

It is that time of year again where we are looking for Nominations for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Awards.
Each year the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce looks for businesses, organizations, teachers, individuals or someone who has gone the extra mile and has taken the extra step above and beyond their day to day responsibilities and jobs, in the Grand Island Community. These are the people who have made Grand Island a better place to live, work and play. We all know someone who fits this bill and now is your chance to give them the thanks that they deserve! Nominations must be received by the first Friday, March 2, 2018 . All nominations are reviewed by the ‘Citizen of the Year Committee’ and chosen for each particular category. Nomination Form


  1. Abbey Cole says:

    I think Mary Jane Fonte is a deserving candidate for this award. She is a longtime tenured middle school facs teacher and is also the DECA advisor, funneling the best and brightest that VCMS has to offer right into the lap of Cheryl Chamberlain to continue through her successful GIHS chapter. Mary Jane is also a breast cancer survivor and spends a great deal of time and a huge part of her heart investing in Relay for Life at Veteran’s Park. She is also extremely active at Trinity UMC and can be found ushering, offering communion, donating snacks to the youth and children’s programs, serving at worship night or a special Sunday meal, or collecting donations for the Seneca Street Reading Camp she runs each summer. Mary Jane is additionally on the Grand Island Young Life committee, supporting the staff and volunteers who go out to build relationships with our local teens in an effort to show them grace and hope as a way to grow in self esteem and stay away from drugs.
    When I saw a description for someone “humble and hard working” there is no doubt in my mind that Mary Jane Fonte embodies that to a T.
    Many Islanders don’t even know just how involved and generous she is with her time and her finances because she does it out of a place of pure gratitude, humility, grace, and commitment to Grand Island. She loves her family, her woodstream neighbors, her students, her church community, and her many many friends through and through. She is absolutely citizen of the year!