Citizen of the Year
Each year, North Charleston citizens are nominated to identify, honor, and reinforce the activities of exceptional citizens whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in North Charleston.
Nominees must possess and demonstrate a generous community spirit, prove their commitment, and display a consistent effort of positively impacting the community, thereby raising the standards of social responsibility.
2012 Citizen of the Year
Ms. Gerinda Doctor
The Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) has chosen Mrs. Gerinda W. Doctor to receive the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award. Gerinda has been a resident of the Forest Hills Neighborhood since 1977.
Ms. Doctor is actively involved with the Forest Hills 1 Neighborhood Association, serving as President for the last 6 years. She continuously works with Code Enforcement and the Police Department to address and improve the quality of life within her neighborhood. Ms. Doctor was instrumental in facilitating a community center and the installation of sidewalks for Forest Hills 1.
Gerinda served 4 years on the CAC and 1 year as Chairperson. While serving, she initiated a program to honor Police Officers who went beyond the call of duty. She has served 2 years on the North Charleston Police Department Community Advisory Panel, where she helped implement recommended solutions between the community and Police Department.
Gerinda Doctor has served as the Leader for Girl Scout Troop 689 for over 25 years. Many of the girls that Ms. Doctor has mentored have grown up to be confident young women who have followed in her footsteps and are now working in the community.
2011 Citizen of the Year
Rev. Bill Stanfield
After numerous nominations received, the North Charleston Citizen Advisory Council has selected Bill Stanfield as the 2011 North Charleston Citizen of the Year. Each year, North Charleston residents are nominated to identify, honor, and reinforce the activities of exceptional citizens whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in North Charleston.
It is necessary for Citizen of the Year recipients to possess and demonstrate a generous community spirit, prove their commitment, and display a consistent effort of positively impacting the community, thereby raising the standards of social responsibility.
Bill Stanfield resides in the Chicora-Cherokee community with his wife Evelyn and two sons. He is an associate minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church and the cofounder of the Metanoia Community Development Corporation.
Mr. Stanfield’s work with Metanoia has been instrumental in implementing many programs leading to direct advancements of our communities, including student leadership programs, housing development for depressed neighborhoods, minority contractor training, and a production kitchen for culinary arts job training. In addition, Metanoia is currently renovating two buildings on Reynolds Avenue in an effort to spark commercial revitalization.
North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey stated, “I met Bill years ago through his work in the community, where he remains a source of encouragement for the Chicora-Cherokee area.” He continued, “It is wonderful to have leaders, like Bill, working in concert to improve the quality of life in the southern end of the City. I cannot think of a more deserving individual to receive this honor.”
2010 Citizen of the Year
Mr. Donald "Mule" Skinner
Mr. Skinner is a thirty-nine year resident of the Forest Hills community and is actively involved in the Neighborhood Association, working to improve his neighborhood and the City of North Charleston. He serves as a Block Captain, and is an advocate in assisting the Police Department and Code Enforcement to reduce crime and neighborhood blight. Mr. Skinner provides assistance to friends and neighbors in need, doing house repairs, yard work, landscape beautification, and ensuring the wellbeing of senior citizens.
Mr. Skinner is a veteran and works as a civilian at the Charleston Navy Base. He is a member of St. Thomas Church and Warden of Knights of Columbus Council 8900 and is a volunteer for Project Hope Fund Drive.
2009 Citizen of the Year
Mr. Raymond Wiltshire
Mr. Wiltshire is a longtime resident of the Pepperhill community, and serves as its Civic Club President. He developed several effective committees, such as a Beautification Yard of the Month Program and a Projects-Social Committee. His deep commitment to enhance the quality of life in his community is expressd in many ways, whether in creating and distributing the neighborhood newsletter, volunteering for the Pepperhill Park athletic activities, serving as past president and current Senior Advisor for the Division 3 Air Force Sergeants Association, or by being apponted to serve on the Charleton County Disabilities Board.
Mr.Whilshire is an asset to his community and the City of North Charleston, and we congratulate him on his achivement.