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City council seeks nominations for Spirit of Port Huron awards – By Jim Bloch

Photo courtesy of Jim Bloch. A screenshot of Mayor Pauline Repp, left, at the May 9 city council meeting.

By Jim Bloch

Mayor Pauline Repp and the city council are calling for nominations for the 2022 Spirit of Port Huron awards.

An awards program is slated for Sept. 26.

“In 1986, the City Council started a community service awards program in an effort to recognize and show appreciation to Port Huron’s outstanding citizens who have contributed their time and effort toward making Port Huron an even better place to live,” said Repp in a statement.

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The awards, which are given out every two years, include eight categories:

BROTHERHOOD: A person who has displayed leadership in fostering understanding and promoting harmony and goodwill among all.

CIVIC: A person, business or organization who has significantly contributed time, talent or investment to make Port Huron a better place to live, work and play.

CULTURAL: A person who has encouraged the appreciation and advancement of the arts or heritage of Port Huron and its citizens.

ECONOMIC PROGRESS: A person or business that has invested or encouraged an investment in the community that has stabilized or enhanced the economic climate and quality of life in Port Huron.

GOOD NEIGHBOR: A person who has gone out of his/her way in an unsolicited manner to help a neighbor or neighbors in an extraordinary manner.

HEROISM: A person (or persons) who has risked personal injury or his/her life in a spontaneous act to save others.

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT: Bestows a special recognition on the rare individual who has consistently and unselfishly given an extraordinary amount of time and personal effort over the course of many years toward the betterment of the community and fellow man.

YOUTH SERVICE: A young person who has displayed outstanding citizenship, principally through community service activities.

Repp and the council are asking the citizens of Port Huron — including local groups, service clubs and churches — to submit names of people they feel are deserving of such recognition.

The deadline for nominations is July 14.

Nominations should include: 1) Your name, address, and phone number. 2) The nominee’s name, address and phone number. 3) The category for which they are being nominated. 4) A description of the activities that support the nomination.

Mail your nominations to the Office of the Mayor, 100 McMorran Boulevard, Port Huron, Michigan 48060.

The 2020 winners were: 

BROTHERHOOD: Pastor Kimberly Brown, pastor of Zion Cathedral of Praise, for her work with at-risk children and her commitment to diversity in the Blue Water Area.

CIVIC: Rotary Club of Port Huron, in its centennial year, for hosting events and activities that help improve Port Huron as a community, including the International Rotary Parade which predates the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York and the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade.

ECONOMIC PROGRESS: Luke Marion, for his commitment to healthy eating through his MIGardner store and Bolla Bolla Pizza downtown.

GOOD NEIGHBOR: Lisa Sheline, for her volunteer work as the food pantry coordinator at Faith Lutheran Church. Each month she distributes free food to 220-320 people, including hot breakfast.

HEROISM: Gabrielle Hayes, the girl who called 911 when her dad was having a seizure and comforted her little sister.

YOUTH SERVICE: Candelaria Tibble for her display of outstanding citizenship through multiple community service activities, primarily through the Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary with the Blue Water Composite Squadron 011.

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. Contact him at

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