The following criteria will be used by a confidential panel of judges to select the recipient of the 2020 & 2021 Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted from anyone in the community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 19, 2021. All nominations must be submitted to The Yuciapa Chamber of Commerce; 12052 California Street, Yuciapa 92399. The Citizen of the Year recipient(s) will ride in the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11th, 2021. For further information, call 909-790-1841 or email Chamber President CEO Ellen Benefiel at


The award is intended to honor a person who makes a substantial contribution to the Yucaipa area. As a result of the nominee’s effort, the community should have received substantial benefits and become a better place to live and work.


Nominees should be involved in the betterment of the community, through active civic participation. Their involvement may be in health or human services, education, recreation, arts or cultural improvement, economic development, or community-based organizations which contribute to the quality-of-life in our community. As a result of this involvement, nominees should have specific and noteworthy accomplishments.


Nominees must have demonstrated willingness to assist in business and community projects by participating personally in projects or events that have resulted in substantial betterment of the community. Nominees must be members of the Yucaipa Valley Chamber of Commerce and may not be a current member of the Board of Directors.


Nominees must have exhibited leadership in community projects and have completed them successfully. Evidence of effective leadership in vital community projects and organizations will be considered. Nominees should be known and respected for their integrity.

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