Community celebrates 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year

Jason Balgopal, the 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year, delivers a speech at the award ceremony at Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park on Sept. 24, 2017. PHOTO: Josh Sherman

Members of the Beach community gathered on an unseasonably warm Sunday, Sept. 24 to celebrate Jason Balgopal, the 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year.

The ceremony, held in the Millennium Garden on the north end of Woodbine Park, saw a parade of past citizens, speeches and the unveiling of this year’s plaque.

The annual award honours someone who has shown a long-standing commitment to improving our little corner of the city and is sponsored by Community Centre 55, the Beaches Lions Club, and Beach Metro Community News.

Jason Balgopal, the 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year, shakes hands with 2016 Beach Citizen of the Year, John Ellis, at the award ceremony at Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park on Sept. 24, 2017.
Jason Balgopal, the 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year, with wife Leigh and former Beach Citizen of the Year Pat Silver, at the award ceremony at Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park on Sept. 24, 2017.
Jason Balgopal, the 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year, embraces his wife, Leigh, at the award ceremony at Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park on Sept. 24, 2017.
Jason Balgopal (second from the bottom left), 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year, poses at the award ceremony at Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park on Sept. 24, 2017 with friends, family and past Beach Citizens of the Year.
Jason Balgopal (left), the 2017 Beach Citizen of the Year, celebrates at the award ceremony at Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park on Sept. 24, 2017 with friends, family and past Citizens.

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