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Category: Citizen of the Year

Albert J. Boro, Citizen of the Year 2012

For more than 4 decades, Albert J. Boro served his community tirelessly, with distinction and unmistakable flair. From 1971 until his retirement in 2011, Al spent 16 years on the San Rafael Planning Commission, 4 years on the City Council, finally graduating to Mayor in 1991. He was consistently listed as one of the “top … Continued

Carolyn Lenert, Citizen of the Year 2011

Carolyn Lenert has been selected as the Citizen of the Year due to her community involvement. Carolyn is a well-known community builder and leader. Carolyn has provided an effective presence as a key representative to the North San Rafael Coalition of Residents and as President of the Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association. Carolyn has contributed countless hours coordinating outreach, sharing resources … Continued

Margie Belrose, Citizen of the Year 2010

Margie Belrose has been selected as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award due to her lifelong accomplishments in promoting a vibrant presence of the theatre, entertainment and education in Downtown San Rafael. Margie’s community contributions began in 1954 when she and her husband David opened their business to teach students the art … Continued

Phyllis & Max Thelen, Citizen of the Year 2009

Phyllis & Max Thelen have been selected as the Citizens of the Year award due to their community involvements and accomplishments promoting arts, culture and education. The Thelen’s community contributions began in 1963 with their founding of Marin Ballet which, over the years, has trained thousands of Marin children in ballet and dance arts. They … Continued

Patricia Garbarino, Citizen of the Year 2008

Patty Garbarino has been selected as the Citizen of the Year award due to her community involvement. Patty is a life-long resident of San Rafael and graduate of San Rafael High School and Dominican University. Her Community service has long been tenured and broad, including being a program manager for Project Workability, matching special education … Continued

Man Mihn Phan, Citizen of the Year 2007

Man Mihn Phan has been selected as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award due to his community involvement. He served in the South Vietnam-Arm, fighting alongside American forces, and spent six years in a communist prison camp after the war. Man and his wife have been residents of San Rafael for over … Continued

Lionel Ashcroft, Citizen of the Year 2006

Lionel Ashcroft has been selected as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award due to his community involvement. He and his family have been residents of San Rafael for forty years, and Lionel has devoted much of his fife to the research, documentation and sharing of San Rafael’s history as an author, teacher, … Continued

Pam Dixon, Citizen of the Year 2005

Pam Dixon has been selected as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award due to her community involvement and support of the San Rafael Library. Pam has been a resident of San Rafael for thirty years, and has been actively involved with the Friends of the Library for eleven years, including service as … Continued

Dorothy Cullen Vesecky, Citizen of the Year 2004

Dorothy Vesecky has been selected as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award due to her community involvement and accomplishments in the areas of community building, recreation and social equity. Dorothy has been a resident of the Canal neighborhood since 1985, and has been Chairperson of the Pickleweed Advisory Board since 1999, fostering … Continued

Sandy Greenblat, Citizen of the Year 2003

Sandy Greenblat has been selected as a recipient of the Citizen of the Year due to his community involvement and accomplishments in the areas of community planning, culture and arts, recreation and environmental protection. Sandy has been a resident of San Rafael for 12 years, and has promoted community planning and economic vitality through his … Continued

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