Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year 2019


Awards Ceremony: Friday, April 5th, Heritage Inn

Grasslands Regional FCSS Society is pleased to announce the 2019 Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is Jason Thomasen and the Junior Citizen of the Year is Madison Gilborn.

Jason Thomasen

Jason Thomasen is known for his kindness and determination in helping others in the community. A resident of Brooks for the past twenty years, Jason has been involved with many sports activities in the community – he has been a soccer coach, a certified basketball referee, a high school baseball coach, youth baseball coach as well as running the winter baseball academy. Jason has given his time to improve youth sports freely and puts great value in making every child not only a better athlete, but a better person.

Jason is well known and admired for being the “driving force” behind the fundraising for the new regional ball park and bringing the W.M.B.L Brooks Bombers franchise to Brooks. He helped secure the original funding for the team as well as volunteering to run the Annual Sportsmen Dinner and the local Slowpitch Tournament. Largely because of Jason’s volunteer time and effort, the community now has a beautiful 1st class facility for locals and out of town teams to enjoy the game of softball and baseball. Jason may be found providing upkeep to the grounds and facility in his ‘spare time’. Jason is passionate about ball and his countless hours building the sport in Brooks is a testament to this dedication! He is the President for the Brooks Bombers Association and sits on the board of the Brooks Minor Ball Association, acting as a coach and mentor, passing his knowledge to others with a love of the game and encouraging children and youth to get involved in the sport.

Married to Krista, the founder and operator of Cleo’s Karma K9 Rescue, Jason has worked with Krista to commit countless hours of volunteering to help re-home and rehabilitate homeless and/or unwanted animals.

For his dedication and hard work over the years to make the community a better place and for bringing things for people to do and be excited about, Jason is a very deserving recipient of the 2019 Citizen of the Year Award!

Madison Gilborn

Madison Gilborn is a dedicated Grade 12 student at Duchess School. Madison is described as a “quiet, empathetic and dignified leader who displays her citizenship and leadership everyday in the communities of which she is a part who does not need the world to know what she does – she simply does what needs to be done”. Madison’s empathy and compassion for others has resulted in the betterment of the community, the school, her peer group and her church community.

Madison is an active part of the Duchess School Student Council and Spirit Council and engages in volunteer activities which help keep the Duchess school spirit alive and well! Madison volunteers in lower elementary classrooms during lunch and after school and also teaches dance classes for free at InSequins in Brooks. Madison is the president of the Duchess School WE Club which challenges young people to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and empowers them with the tools to take action. As president, she has organized food drives, sold Rafiki bracelets and many other activities to help impoverished children.

She is a member of the Duchess Mennonite Church and an active member of the Youth Group which helps the community in many ways. She has helped with Operation Christmas Child trips to Calgary to sort shoeboxes, travelled on missions to build houses in South America and been involved in the ongoing service work of the church. Madison has also volunteered in the nursery and babysat for many families as an act of service to give a gift to others. In the broader community, Madison has been part of a group that has baked cookies and delivered them to neighbours, raked lawns and done yard cleanup for seniors. She is very involved in 4-H and acts as a positive role model and leader to younger members and her peers.

One nominator had this to say “We are proud to send this young lady out into the world from her small school in our small town of Duchess to do wondrous things for mankind”.

Madison Gilborn is a young woman with a bright future who demonstrates tremendous community spirit and citizenship through community involvement and is a very deserving recipient of the 2019 Junior Citizen Award.

JASON THOMASEN AND MADISON GILBORN will be honoured at the Grasslands Regional FCSS Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year Gala on Friday, April 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Inn. The evening will be emceed by John Petrie and will feature the awards, dinner and opportunity to socialize.

Many Thanks to all those who submitted a nomination.

FCSS also thanks Sponsors - Gay Bildersheim and the Heritage Inn.

Tickets Go on Sale March 15th for the Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year Gala.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the Heritage Inn or by calling 403 362 4549 (FCSS).

For more information contact:
Lynn or Tammy at 403-362-4549