Nominations Open for Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen Award

Award presentation planned for November 9, 2017


Vancouver, Wash., March 15, 2017 — The Community Foundation has announced that nominations for Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen Award are now open for submissions. Presented since 1939, this award is the county’s highest distinction of citizenship. First Citizen honorees are chosen for their accomplishments and contributions to the community in a number of areas, including effectiveness in leadership roles, raising community standards and expectations, strengthening community identity and civic pride, and exemplary giving of time, self and resources.

To nominate a Clark County resident as First Citizen, nominators must review the Selection Criteria and complete a Nomination Form. Both are available online at In order to be considered, nomination packets must be submitted to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington office (610 Esther Street, Suite 201, Vancouver, WA 98660) before 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2017.

A list of past First Citizens are included on the website and include recent honorees such as Clark College president Bob Knight, former Camas mayor Nan Henriksen and past superintendent of ESD 112 Twyla Barnes.

About the Selection Committee

Honorees are selected by a committee that is comprised of community leaders and past First Citizens. This respected group reviews all nominations for Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen Award and selects a Clark County resident who has modeled exemplary citizenship through their actions and service to the community.