Which of These 7 People Should Be North Canton's Person of the Year? (With Poll)
Cast your vote for North Canton's Person of the Year by 5 p.m. Friday
Time magazine may have named President Obama their Person of the Year, but North Canton residents know that many of their neighbors are worthy of the title.
Who is North Canton's Person of the Year — the man or woman who, in Timespeak, "most influenced the news this year for better or worse?"
Take a look at the choices, nominated by North Canton Patch readers, and read about what has set these individuals apart from the rest. Then take a moment to cast your vote and help decide 2012's Person of the Year for North Canton.
The poll will close at 5 p.m. Friday.
The person who nominated Lavelle wrote in to Patch and said:
"Working two jobs, raising a family, and still finding time to volunteer at four locations keeps Heather's days and nights full.
Heather is the after hours emergency service coordinator for the American Red Cross covering Stark County as well as four other counties. When the Red Cross office closes at 5:00 p.m. Heather's work day begins. Working from home all night, weekends and holidays she is the first voice heard by Rape victims, frightened people who's homes are burning, firemen and families needing to reach their military family member for emergency reasons, just to name a few.
Her kind demeanor and knowledge of the situation is comforting.
Heather is also the owner of her own travel agency, To the Tropics Travel, mother of two children and loving wife of a North Canton bank manager. She volunteers four to five days per week at Northwood Elementary, Greentown Elementary, YMCA Equestrian Center and takes time to also be a soccer mom and the YMCA gymnastics center team mom. She instills the importance of giving to others to her children.
If you ask personnel at the schools, her friends and fellow workers... everyone loves Heather's kind nature and giving personality. She always takes time to help others."
The person who nominated Owens said:
"I don't have any connection to him personally, but continue to be impressed by what he has done, and is doing with the Main Street Grille. What was once a non-descript, grand openin'/grand closin' revolving door of the utterly forgettable has become a hip gathering place with amazing food & Cheers-like atmosphere. Recently, I attended a party in the new upstairs bar, and it struck me how this building has become a labor of love for Mr. Owens; no detail is too small for his notice. He is exactly the type of visionary this town needs & I hope to see Mr. Owens be recognized by The Patch."
The person who nominated Covey said:
"1. After retiring in 2006, he worked out a succession plan with his son, enabling him to take over the firm, move it to North Canton, and absorb another well-known and respected advertising agency to form Covey-Odell Advertising, enabling both firms to remain in North Canton. The North Canton Chamber named the new firm 2009 Business of the Year.
2. In 2000, Covey saved the world’s largest/oldest Cucumber Tree from being destroyed, and began to promote it via radio, TV and print media to 2.5 million persons, attracting 1,000 visitors. The tree is on the former Hoover estate, now Auburn Knolls condos. Covey has presented the tree’s history to guests from eight states and four countries. The tree is featured on two web sites—Stark County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Arbor Day International Foundation.
3. Developed and presented 24 educational seminars at North Canton Library and other county venues to 1,200 persons on the Cucumber Tree, the Veterans Memorial, How to Preserve Veterans’ Stories, and Preventing Bullying.
4. Formed non-profit corporation to finance and build the Veteran’s Memorial in Bitzer Park. He raised $84,000 in cash and services, was PR chainman and staged a North Canton Schools campaign to reach every North Canton home, netting 35,000 pennies. An essay contest for 4th/5th graders attracted 219 students; 250,000 persons heard or read the 5th grade girl’s essay in broadcast/print media and public meetings.
5. This led to his campaign to write a plan to help vets preserve their military histories. Ninety percent of vets’ memoirs, photos and letters to home gather dust in basements and attics. We lose about 1.5M vets every year. Covey has completed four personal histories to give other vets a choice of format and cost. Covey offers a simple 1-2-3 way to get it done. All this work was done at no charge.
6. Covey chaired PR and fund-raising efforts to pass the North Canton Library levy. The library serves 35,000 patrons. The levy passed with a nice majority. Momentum from the Library Levy helped pass at the same time the North Canton Schools levy."
The person who nominated Davy said:
"Todd is the founder of the Viking Victory Run. This event was created to help promote harmony and cooperation among North Canton’s elementary and intermediate schools as we realigned last year to accommodate all day kindergarten. The event also had the purpose of promoting health, wellness, and fitness for students and their families and raising funds for the PTO for each school. Todd worked with a great team of volunteers which included parents, teachers, and principals to bring this event together and had ideas such as family fitness days and school rallies to get everyone involved and excited about the event. Todd provided countless hours of his free time to organize the details of the event and make it a huge success for all involved. His service was self-less and for the greater good of our North Canton School District in a time where there was a good deal of turmoil and controversy. It is concerned parents and active community members such as Todd who make North Canton a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Everyone who wanted to be involved in the planning of this event was welcome and the result was much greater than anyone could have imagined or hoped. We had a very successful event, raised more money than we thought possible for our first year, are gearing up for the second Viking Victory Run, and came together as a community all thanks to Todd’s vision and leadership.
Todd is employed full-time with DRB Systems, Inc. He is a father of two boys and actively involved in their sports and activities. He coaches for teams such as the North Canton Crush and can be found on the sidelines at baseball, soccer, basketball games, and more. I am not aware of other affiliations Todd may have as he is not one who is prone to share the ways he gives back to his community. He is a very humble and quiet participant in the things he does. He does not seek out the spotlight."
The person who nominated Weyrick-Cooper said:
"She has made such a positive impact since she got to North Canton. In her work at the North Canton Chamber's Outreach Manager, she created fun (and fundraising) events to engage many Chamber members who formerly did not participate. She has added a fresh spin on every event that she has worked on. Now with the North Canton Public Library, she is again creating fresh new ways to engage patrons and citizens of North Canton through well-planned programs and events .
She worked on the Community Betterment Roctoberfest fundraiser. As a volunteer in our community, she was the driving force behind the Paws Pantry (2 years running!), which provided thousands of pounds of pet food for those struggling to keep their animals taken care of through the holidays. She is always willing to help out, whenever she can.
Christina works at the North Canton Public Library as the marketing coordinator (probably not the right job title), Volunteers as a North Canton Chamber Ambassador (still works to make chamber and community events happen), Volunteers with Community Betterment Foundation."
The person who nominated Stanley said:
"Vicki is a generous entrepreneur/ business owner in North Canton. In addition to owning 3 businesses (American Medical Personnel, New Work City and ChoreChasers) She created and runs the New Work City Foundation, which gives grants to businesses and organizations to create jobs. NWCF is the group behind successful North Canton events such as the Taste of North Canton, Sunday in the City and 'Wine Not' (All NWCF "fun"-raisers). As you can tell, she has a driving passion to put people back to work.
When the foundation was without grant applications, she actively looked for opportunities to help- most recently with Patty Thoman's special needs class (Transitions U) at Walsh. She has given grant money to help employ these capable young adults. One has found permanent employment, and the rest are working together to start up their own micro-business, using the foundation grant as seed money. Instead of just writing a check, Vicki has worked with them to help develop their business and find clients to work with."
Lisa and Alan Frank
The person who nominated the Franks said:
"The Franks (owners of Ermanno's Legendary Pizza) support the North Canton Community in so many different ways. They are always willing to lend a hand, donate food, money or gift certificates or whatever they can to help others. The list of recipients of their generosity is endless (fundraisers, big and small, community events, causes). They do all this while raising a young family and proudly running a small business. They are two of the kindest people I have ever met!"