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Community awards lets public be positive voice

While this year may have been different, the Cornell Area Betterment Association (CABA) still wants to give a shout out to the individuals and organizations who have done good in the community. A Community Awards and Recognition ceremony will be held on an online platform.

“The nomination forms will be available Nov. 2, and need to be returned no later than Nov. 16,” said Kristine Hemenway, CABA president, adding the deadline for returned forms is firm.

CABA is asking the public for nominations for each of the categories. The categories are Community Leader; New Venture of the Year; Business of the Year; Civic Organization of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; and a Legacy Award. All nominees must live, work, or make a significant impact in the Cornell or Holcombe area.

A community leader is someone who has shown leadership or acted as a role model, in addition to his or her vocation.

The New Venture Award recognizes a business, organization or individual, who has made a difference in the community, in the past two years.

Businesses nominated for Business of the Year should be based in, or around, Cornell, make a significant impact on the area and demonstrate involvement in the community.

Civic Organization of the Year is based in, or make an impact in, Cornell, and includes a non-governmental body, composed mostly of volunteers, who is involved in the community.

Nominees for Volunteer of the Year should be someone who has made a lasting impact on the community through volunteerism, without personal gain or compensation.

The Legacy Award recognizes someone who has made an impact in the community over many years, and has never won the award before.

People and organizations who have won the awards in previous years, are not eligible for nominations. The winners for prior years, will be listed on the nomination forms and Hemenway says repeat nominations will be removed from the voting.

Hemenway says, in lieu of a banquet, CABA will put together a virtual presentation announcing the winners. The presentation will be available to watch on the CABA social media page, beginning Nov. 30.

Nomination forms will be available on the CABA website,, and will be shared on CABA’s social media page. Hard copies can be picked up and dropped off at the Courier Sentinel office, or mailed to CABA, at: P.O. Box 602, Cornell, WI, 54732.

Hemenway says nominations by the public gives everyone a chance to be a positive voice in the community, and recognize the businesses and people who stand out to them.

“There are people out there who go above and beyond, and it’s nice to be able to recognize them,” said Ginna Young, co-organizer of the event.