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Sebastopol Locals Who Make a Difference

Sebastopol is asking for Nominations to Honor Locals Who Make a Difference. 

Feb 7, 2019


The nomination applicationdeadline for the fourth honoree inSebastopol's Locals Who Make a Difference program is March 1st.

The program helps to acknowledge and thank members of the Sebastopol community for their contributions in helping to make Sebastopol a better place to live.  Honorees are recognized with banners lining Sebastopol’s Main Street and Downtown Plaza, a proclamation by the City Council, and on the City website.

There are three honorees each year, with each honoree being featured for approximately four months.

Past honorees include, Carson Pforsich, Meg Mizutani, and Roger & Linda Collins.

The next honoree will be announced at the April 2nd City Council meeting.  Applications for nominees not chosen for the current round will be retained for future consideration.
Mayor Neysa Hinton brought forth the idea of theLocals Who Make A Difference recognition program in late 2017. "People say over and over that what makes Sebastopol unique and special is the people who live here.  Our residents are the ‘heart’ of this community. Let's recognize and celebrate them with a recognition program sponsored by the City," said Hinton.
Anyone may submit a nomination application.

Download Application

Applications are also available at:

Sebastopol City Hall (7120 Bodega Ave.),

Public Works (714 Johnson St.),

and on the City of Sebastopol's website.


  • Nominees must be living.
  • Nominees must reside in Sebastopol or identify Sebastopol as their home community.
  • The accomplishment or contribution to the Sebastopol community for which the nominee is being recognized must not be their primary source of income.


  • Nominees not selected for a particular year will be kept in the pool and will be considered for subsequent periods.  It is the City’s intention that as many deserving people as possible will be honored.
  • Anyone may submit a nomination application.
  • Nominators fill out an application (available at City Hall and online on the City website) identifying nominee and describing why they think their candidate should be selected.

Applications to be submitted as follows:

City of Sebastopol
Department of Public Works
714 Johnson Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Or Email to:

Nominations for honorees will be submitted by the following dates for consideration:

Banner Period Applications due by
January-April 2020 November 1, 2019
May-August 2019 March 1, 2019
September-December 2019 July 1, 2019

The following should be outlined in the supporting information on the application, and will be used by the subcommittee during the selection process:

  • Examples of specific reference to how the individual’s (groups/organizations) actions and contributions have inspired the nominator and/or the community
  • Approximate hours contributed
  • Achievements/contributions to the community
  • Impact on the community — who and how many benefit from the individual’s (groups/organizations) actions or service
  • Barriers and difficulties the individual (group/organization) may have faced and how they have been overcome
  • Providing guidance and advice (above the normal call of duty) to those in need, within the community
  • Trust, fairness, respect, and diversity within the community
  • To have made a significant impact on their community through civic involvement


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