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Nominate a Person of the Year

Who deserves to be San Anselmo and Fairfax's person of the year? If you know someone who made Ross Valley a better place, nominate them.

Who deserves to be recognized as San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch's person of the year?

If you know someone who made Ross Valley a better place over the last year, contributed time and effort to various causes, helped neighbors and the community, or even made a smaller impact that's  important, nominate him or her.

Please make your nominations in the comments below or by emailing kellyd@patch.com. Include who, why they should be person of the year, what affiliations with schools or organizations they might have and who you -- their nominator -- are.

Make those nominations by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. We will take the nominees and ask readers who they think should win. After a Person of the Year is voted on, I will run a story about the winner.

You may nominate yourself, someone you've worked with or even someone you've just read about that might deserve this recognition. I know we have lots of great people in San Anselmo and Fairfax, so get nominating.

Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara December 07, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Wow, already got one nomination - 23 minutes after the article went up. Keep them coming.
Robert English December 07, 2011 at 01:28 AM
John Pedersen of Amazing Grace Music in San Anselmo would be my pick. For more than 35 years he's been a hub about which hundreds of amateur and professional musicians revolve. He never turns you away for want of money, offering priceless advice for free, and inexpensive yet expert repairs of acoustic instruments. He's a mystery writer, fiddle/banjo/uilleann pipes (irish bagpipes) teacher, therapist, humorist, father figure and spiritual muse. He has never gotten rich in his pursuit, but his love of music and musicians has made him a treasure chest of friendships. He is one of San Anselmo's unsung heroes.
Sarah Shideler December 07, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Kay Coleman hands down she is an incredible community member above and beyond being a Council Member (though John Pederson sounds like a great man, too!)
Lori Lopin December 08, 2011 at 10:59 PM
I wish you were nominating a student as well as an adult. If you were, I would nominate my daughter Kelsey Lopin. She is a great student and athlete, is a team leader for Drake's LINK crew which helps new students acclimate to Drake, is part of PALS where she has lunch with students with special needs, has been the student representative for San Anselmo's Parks & Rec Commission for two years, and has been running and teaching our church's Sunday School Program for over a year. She manages all that plus earns money babysitting while having health problems that can make her life difficult to manage. I am so incredibly proud of her each and every day. As for an adult, I have to say that Kay Coleman has been and continues to be a bright part of San Anselmo. She is always ready to help someone in need and has done so much for San Anselmo, first as the Volunteer Coordinator and now as a Town Council member. I feel honored to know and be able to work with her.
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara December 09, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Lori - I see no reason a student doesn't count as a person. We'll take your nomination! That means I've got five nominations so far. You have until Monday then people will be able to vote on the nominations.
suellen December 13, 2011 at 05:19 AM
I cast my vote for Kay Coleman as well...brings lightness to community events..heart to her decisions and total dedication to everything...Suellen
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara December 15, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Don't forget to vote for the person of the year here: http://patch.com/A-pz48

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