Chris Samure named Smiths Falls Citizen of the Year

Mayor Shawn Pankow presents Chris Samure with his Smiths Falls Citizen of the Year award. – Submitted photo

The 2024 Smiths Falls Citizen of the Year was honoured on Monday, June 3 at the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club.

The honour went to Chris Samure, who is described in a media release as “a man of action and a passionate supporter of the [town].”

“President of the Saumure Group of Companies, Chris has made unparalleled contributions to the Town of Smiths Falls,” stated Mayor Shawn Pankow in a media release. “Through his unwavering commitment to community, business acumen, and family values, Chris has left a lasting mark on our Town, where he has spent the majority of his life.”

Samure’s philosophy centres on finding solutions and making things happen, rather than merely questioning possibilities,” the media release explains. This proactive approach has been instrumental in driving numerous projects and initiatives. Throughout the years, Saumure has been a part of projects involving the former SFDCI High School, the Community bandstand at Town Hall, as well as building over 200 apartments and partnering on affordable housing projects throughout the Town of Smiths Falls.

The Smiths Falls Citizen of the Year initiative was started in 1969 by Mayor T.O. Ashwell, M.D. and has been held annually since then. This award recognizes a citizen who has made a contribution to the town through volunteer efforts, which have a positive effect on his/her fellow citizens and the community.

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