Orion Area Parade Group

Citizen of the Year

Each year, the Orion Area Parade Group recognizes a local individual who has made selfless contributions to the Orion Area. The Parade Group reviews nominations and selects a winner. The CItizen of the Year will lead our 2017 Orion Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2nd. Please submit your nomination below no later than Friday, October 6th or email info@orionlightedparade.org.

Citizen of the Year

Past Winners:

2016: JoAnn Van Tassel

2015: Bob Erickson

2014: Sandy Shephard

2013: John Spokaeski

2012: Robert Hollenbeck

2011: Sue Turpen

2010: Kathy McMinn

2009: Larry Mullins

2008: Sara Van Portfliet

2007: Joe Mastromatteo

Criteria for Citizen of the Year

Area resident

Community involvement that is

  • non-political in nature
  • not job-related
  • not a paid position

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Nomination Deadline

Friday, October 6th

Our 2016 Citizen of the Year

JoAnn Van Tassel

JoAnn gives her life away serving others. She is a champion for our community and always supports events for the Lions Club, Veterans Memorial and Lake Orion Community Schools. She is also active with various agencies including North Oakland Community Coalition and Downtown Development Authority. JoAnn is an excellent spokesperson for those who need help the most and supports families in need through charitable contributions and organizing fund raising events. Ms. Van Tassel cleans up road ways and keeps our community beautiful. JoAnn was involved in helping pass the millages for both the Police and Fire Department. JoAnn loves dogs and has a soft spot for kids. She donated funds to install a beautiful memorial garden in honor of her Mom at Wildwood for everyone to enjoy. Everyone in the Village of Lake Orion and Orion Township knows JoAnn and she will truly be honored to be named Citizen of the Year!