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August 19, 2019


For immediate release


2019 Citizen of the Year and 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Announced

It is with great pleasure that the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce announces Chelsea’s 2019 Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award Winners!  These awards are one of the most important awards our community can bestow on our residents.  Chelsea is blessed with a wealth of residents who are committed and dedicated to serving our community.  From nominated residents, winners for these awards are selected by secret ballot during a meeting that includes past award winners and community and civic leaders in Chelsea. The process of selecting the recipients is not an easy task. Each and every nominee is a deserving individual who has touched the lives of our residents and improved our community in unique ways.

The 2019 Citizen of the Year Award recipient is Trinh Pifer. Trinh has gone way above and beyond her duties as Executive Director to the Chelsea Senior Center. During her tenure she was instrumental in building a senior nutrition program, promoting the Intergenerational Garden, led the effort to establish the Grass Lake Senior Center and created programs that promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being for seniors in Chelsea. She helped create Rural Older Adults in Motion (R.O.A.M.) to address rural senior transporation issues. In doing so, the Chelsea Senior Center (CSC) received two prizes in the 2018 Vital Seniors Competition (VSC): the $50,000 People’s Choice Award based on public votes and the $100,000 Innovation Prize.

The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Bob Pierce and Nadine Anderson. Bob and Nadine have volunteered countless hours to help support many events throughout Chelsea including Hometown Holiday, Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, Sounds & Sights Festival, On the Tracks, and the Big 400. In their pursuit and passion for assisting families, children and adults with Special Needs they founded the Saturday Morning Challengers, a bowling league that has served as activity, support group and lifeline those with special needs. No job proved to be too big or too small for this dynamite couple! They served on various boards, established 501(c)3 non-profits, setup chairs, taken out trash bags – whatever was needed, they humbly assisted.

Trinh, Bob and Nadine serve as inspiration and reminder that even our smallest contribution to community makes Chelsea a better place for all.

A Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, October 24th, at the Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center at 6:30 PM, to honor our recipients.

Tickets are available at the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. Call 734-475-1145 or email events@chelseamichamber.orgfor more information.