Waimate residents are once again being asked to nominate the unsung heroes of the community.
The Waimate District Council Civic Award nominations are open and Mayor John Coles is encouraging residents to think of people in the community who deserve recognition for the volunteer work they do.
"Our awards ceremony is a prestigious event for the successful nominated locals, their family and friends and the nominators," he said.
"Volunteers are a vital part of any community and I know we are fortunate here in that regard."
The awards were first mooted by councillor Peter Foley in 2010 and Mr Coles said they had been going from strength to strength.
Four people are recognised each year.
Last year's successful nominees were Judy Clarke, Jim Rayner, James Young and Fred Wallace.
Mr Coles said those recognised may not have received a Queen's Birthday honour but they deserve local recognition for the time and effort they put into various clubs and organisations in the community.
The awards are open to people across the board, said Mr Coles.
"It is not just the older residents that have given many years of service in the community," he said. The closing date for nominations is February 8.
Application forms are available from Waimate District Council or Waimate Information Centre, or by phoning 03 689 0039.