The Town of Aurora's Citizen of the Year Award is an annual award recognizing the exceptional contributions made by a local citizen to our community. The Citizen of the Year Award has been awarded by the Town of Aurora since 1970. This individual is selected by the Office of the Mayor in consultation with a small group of dedicated community volunteers. 

This award recipient has demonstrated all-round community involvement rather than specific activity or contribution.

Congratulations to the 2021 Citizen of the Year

Eric McCartney

Eric is an volunteer active in the local community and genuinely cares about the Town. He has been living and volunteering in Aurora for more than 17 years.

He has given countless hours and time to volunteering with the Heart & Stroke Foundation, St. John Ambulance’s Dog Therapy Program, The Salvation Army Kettle Drive, the Canadian Red Cross, the York Region Real Estate Board, McDonalds McHappy Day, the Toronto Real Estate Board, the Aurora Artists Studio Tour, the Ontario Real Estate College, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and numerous volunteer roles at the Town on projects such as Canada 150, the Adopt-a-Park Program and Library Square just to name a few.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped his neighbours with doing their grocery shopping, driving them to appointments, shovelling their driveways and putting out their garbage.

He has provided assistance at the COVID vaccination clinics and recently purchased numerous commemorative benches along Willow Farm Trail, one of which is in memory to the people who died from COVID-19 and to the dedicated healthcare workers who are there to care for them.

He is a go-to volunteer that has helped with events such as the Aurora Chamber Home Show, the Aurora Chamber Business Excellence and the Aurora Street Festival. Eric has a network of strong supporters and neighbourhood connections, his dedication and compassion is an inspiration to our Town.

Past Citizen of the Year Award Winners
YearAward Winner
2020 Tom Connor
2019 Barb Allan
2018 Josie Kearney
2017 Peter van Schaik
2016 Mary Georgopoulos
2015 Diane Buchanan
2014 Beverley Wood
2013 Ron Wallace
2012 Brian North
2011 Jo-anne Spitzer
2010 Gordon Barnes
2009 David Tomlinson
2008 Susan Walmer
2007 Dorothy Clark-McClure 
2006 Sylvia Gilchrist
2005 Bud Gilbert
2004 Phil Horsman
2003 Dr. John McIntyre
2002 Bob Hartwell 
2001 Ken Smith
2000 Jackie Stubbs 
1999 Vic Priestly
1998 Ferguson Mobbs
1997 Gerry Payne
1996 Steve Hinder
1995 Susan Gwilliam 
1994 Dianne Harrison
1993 Wanda McKenzie 
1992 Jack DeGraaf
1991 Bucky McLarty
1990 Arnold Miller 
1989 Dick Illingworth
1988 Norm Stewart
1987 Nora McRoberts
1986 Fred Conklin
1985 Bill Coleman
1984 Lowell McClenny
1983 Dr. Leslie Oliver
1982 Vic Paraninfo
1981 Eric Smith
1980 Jack Williamson 
1979 Omar Khamissa
1978 Bill Dinsmore
1977 Fred Bolsby
1976 Dr. Crawford Rose
1975 Rev. Homer McAvoy 
1974 Jack Wood
1973 Don Glass
1972 J. E. (Dick) Buchanan
1971 Annebelle Black
1970      Bob Blick