Sequim’s Citizen of the Year nominations are open

Nominations for Sequim’s top civic honor opened this week.

Created in 1968, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year honor was established to recognize individuals who through their volunteer efforts have made our community a better place to live.

Nominations, which opened on Jan. 10, are due by Tuesday, Jan. 31.

To nominate an individual or individuals, get an application from the Visitor Information Center, 1192 E. Washington St., or online on the Chamber of Commerce website,

Guidelines can be found on the chamber website under the “events and programs” tab.

While a Citizen of the Year award has been granted each year, the chamber at times has announced a Humanitarian Award; criteria for this recognition is different and can also be found on the website.

Results will be announced at a luncheon event hosted by the chamber on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at The Cedars at Dungeness golf course, 1965 Woodcock Road.

The Citizen of the Year committee, who names finalists and selects the overall award recipient, is made up by former award winners. The program is co-chaired by Rochelle McHugh (1995’s Citizen of the Year) and Brown M. Maloney (Humanitarian Award, 2008).

The original award went to former mayor Peter Black for his selfless efforts in the community. Last year’s 2021 Citizen of the Year went to Jean Wyatt for her tireless work as a volunteer member of the Sequim Irrigation Festival team and time she donates to various organizations and causes. (See other award recipients at

For more information about the Citizen of the Year or other Chamber of Commerce program, email to or call 360-683-6197.