The Wellesley Township Citizens of the Year Program is a program that provides an opportunity for community members to nominate individuals who have made an impact in the Township.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! June 1st – June 30th 2021

Nominate anyone who has made a difference in Wellesley Township; the nominee, and/or nominators do not need to live within Wellesley Township.

There are three categories in which individuals can be nominated:

  • Junior Citizen Of The Year (21 years and younger in the current year)
  • Citizen Of The Year (21 years and older)
  • Lifetime Citizen Achievement Award

You can nominate more than one person for any category! Nominate as many people as you want to.

Know Someone Who Should Be Nominated?

The hardcopy forms are available to be picked up and submit from Linwood, St. Clements, and Wellesley Post Offices in the month of June.

Find an online submission form at:  

For more information or to have a copy send to you email: 

Meet The 2020 Award Winners

Commemorative plaques were presented to each awardee by Joe Nowak, Mayor of Wellesley Township, and Karen Pilecki, President of the Wellesley Township Fall Fair.

2020 Citizen of the Year was presented to Dennis Schultz 

Dennis Schultz hails from Linwood in Wellesley Township, and is described by those who nominated him as “supportive, and readily available to help whenever needed. Highly regarded in the community and by friends & family. He is an unsung hero.” Schultz has volunteered at Linwood recreation events, volunteered to organize the hayride at Linwood Snofest, has volunteered with the Lions Club for Snofest, Sunfest and Cruising With the King, and helped set up the Linwood Lion’s Memorial Tree area. He always volunteers in any kind of weather with a smile on his face, and works hard to groom the Kissing Bridge Trail to ensure it is enjoyable for bikers and walkers all year round. Denis Schultz was also a Volunteer Firefighter at the Linwood Station from January 1979 to January 2016; he served for thirty-seven years as a Township of Wellesley Firefighter.

2020 Jr. Citizen of the Year was presented to Miranda Schultz 

Miranda Schultz is a resident of Wellesley village, and is described by those who nominated her as, “quiet and reserved, well spoken, determined, artistic, insightful, resourceful and responsible; she’s up to any challenge.” Schultz is a former member of the Wellesley Youth Advisory Council (WYAC), and was the 2016/17 Wellesley Township Fall Fair Ambassador. Currently, Schultz is a member of the Fair Board and works on a number of different committees including the Ambassador Committee, and Scarecrow Competition Committee. In the past, she has helped coordinate volunteers and displays for Wellesley’s seasonal Farmer’s Market. Schultz’s creative endeavors include creating a cover for the annual Fair Book, designing a brochure for the Ambassador Committee, and creating posters for different community events. Miranda is currently attending the University of Waterloo for a Major in Fine Art and works at the Region of Waterloo Wellesley Branch Library.

 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Esther Wagner 

Esther Wagner lives in Wellesley Village, is over ninety years old and is still active in her community. She is a long time member of the Horticultural Society, the Wellesley Township Fall Fair, and has helped plant, and maintain, the flowers in the Township around the Wellesley Community Centre and Arena for many years. Wagner is famous for her culinary skills and has been putting them to use to serve her community and church since she was young. In fact, every year, for over thirty years, Wagner has cooked a hot meal for the Wellesley Township Fall Fair volunteers and judges. She also organizes the helpers and servers for these delicious meals, and on clean-up day, Wagner runs the kitchen to serve the volunteers coffee, tea, and pie. A long-time contributor to village events, Esther has helped with church bazaars, lunches, youth group, funerals at St. Marks, quilts for the church, has served food at the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival (ABC Fest), and volunteers in the Horticulture booth at the Wellesley Home and Garden Show.

Contact Us

Feel free to email us at or get in touch with a member of the Citizen of the Year Committee.

Members of the Citizen of the Year Committee: