His passion for the planet and his passion for the city in which he lives has earned Stan Mathewson the honour of Citizen of the Year for Orillia in 2019.
In the fall of 2018 he initiated Sustainable Orillia with the goal of encouraging the community to take action and build healthy lives for the people of Orillia, its children and its grandchildren. Mathewson has been instrumental in ensuring the seriousness of the climate crisis is understood and that individuals understand how their actions can make a difference.
As Chair of Sustainable Orillia, he oversaw a successful launch event, organized and led a two-day Electric Vehicle (EV) Demonstration Event and hosted a Waste Management Seminar that saw an overflow audience, just to name a few.
Mathewson received multiple nominations for the award, with nominator Dr. Linda Rodenburg noting, “Stan is passionate and patient, ensuring that people not only recognize the seriousness of the climate crisis, but our need to respond to it as individuals and members of this incredible community we call home.”
“On behalf of Orillia City Council and the Citizen of the Year panel, I’d like congratulate Stan Mathewson and recognize his passion and dedication. Thanks to all of our wonderful nominees for their contributions and dedication to making our Sunshine City an even better community,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.
Nominees for the 2019 Citizen of the Year Award included Mathewson, as well as Dean Beers, Amanda Bowes, Bob Bowles, Judy Catania, Bruce Duncan, Ruth Fountain, Rose Ganton-Thatcher, Carolyn Marie Goodwin, Nancy Hannah, Brant Mawdsley, Dr. Kim McIntosh and Steve Orr.
Honourable mentions include Lucy Goodman and Zac Waite.
images of Stan Mathewson and Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke via City of Orillia