In the wake of the community losing two active citizens, Berniece Bennett and Fran Targon, the below seems particularly appropriate this Thanksgiving week. Kerry Kallman, the City of Westlake Village’s Community Relations Coordinator, recently made this announcement to the media in the area. Think about those you interface with, in particular the youth who are active in the community, and nominate them if they stand out to you.

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The City is now accepting nominations for the Annual Citizen and Youth Recognition Programs. The purpose of the Citizen Recognition Program is to identify and recognize outstanding individuals who have made a difference in enhancing and improving the quality of life in the community. The purpose of the Youth Recognition Program is to identify and recognize outstanding youth, both on an individual and organizational basis, encompassing elementary to high school ages.

Individuals nominated must be residents of Westlake Village and recognized for their outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the community in a number of areas, such as academics, music, art, sports, valor and community services.

The nomination period runs until January 31, 2008. Awardees will be approved by the full City Council. Last year’s winners included Sue Klamert, who was recognized under the Citizen Award category, and Ayla Nejad, who received the Youth Recognition Award.

Additional information and nomination applications can be obtained by contacting City Hall or by visiting the City website at

Awards will be presented at a City Council meeting. The youth winner will receive a $500 scholarship, and the Citizen of the Year will receive $500 donated to the charity of their choice. In addition, winners are recognized with their name on a perpetual plaque which is displayed in the City Council Chambers.