Locals Who Make a Difference


The Locals Who Make a Difference Recognition Program (LWMAD) acknowledges and thanks members of the Sebastopol Community for their contributions in helping to make Sebastopol a better place to live.

Learn about the current honoree here. See past honorees here.


  • Nominees must be living.
  • Nominees must reside in Sebastopol or identify Sebastopol as their home community.
  • The accomplishment or contribution to the Sebastopol community for which the nominee is being recognized must not be their primary source of income.


  • Nominees not selected for a particular year will be kept in the pool and will be considered for subsequent periods.  It is the City’s intention that as many deserving people as possible will be honored.
  • Anyone may submit a nomination application.
  • Nominators fill out an application (available at City Hall and online on the City website) identifying nominee and describing why they think their candidate should be selected.

Applications to be submitted as follows:

City of Sebastopol
Department of Public Works
714 Johnson Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Or Email to: citypw@cityofsebastopol.org

We are now accepting nominations for honorees for the February 2022 - June 2022 banner period. 

Please submit your nomination application by December 30, 2021

The following should be outlined in the supporting information on the application, and will be used by the subcommittee during the selection process:
  • Examples of specific reference to how the individual’s (groups/organizations) actions and contributions have inspired the nominator and/or the community
  • Approximate hours contributed
  • Achievements/contributions to the community
  • Impact on the community — who and how many benefit from the individual’s (groups/organizations) actions or service
  • Barriers and difficulties the individual (group/organization) may have faced and how they have been overcome
  • Providing guidance and advice (above the normal call of duty) to those in need, within the community
  • Trust, fairness, respect, and diversity within the community
  • To have made a significant impact on their community through civic involvement


LWMAD subcommittee reviews applications and presents top candidate(s) to City Council for approval.

Nominees to be chosen by subcommittee and submitted to the City Council for the following City Council Meetings:

Banner Period Sub-Committee to Meet
for Recommendation
Council Meeting Approval
February 2022 - June 2022 TBD January 18, 2022


  • Nominator and Honoree are notified of selection.
  • Honoree must sign a permission form for photo/name to be placed onto banner.
  • Professional photo is taken of Honoree for banners. 
  • Banners bearing Honoree name and likeness are produced and hung on poles throughout Sebastopol for approximately 4 months.
  • Pole locations to be determined by the subcommittee
  • Honorees are recognized with a City proclamation at a City Council meeting.
  • Selection of Honoree is advertised in the local press and posted on the City website and Facebook page.
  • Honoree’s photo and biography/story is posted on the City website.


General Fund Streets


Banners will be rotated 3 times per year with a new honoree.


Download Application


Complete the online application:





Please let us know, in 200 words or less, why your nominee is a “Local Who Makes a Difference.” If chosen, Honoree will be recognized with a proclamation at a City Council Meeting and Honoree story will be published on the City of Sebastopol website (www.CityOfSebastopol.org). LWMAD subcommittee has the right to amend the story. The story will be sent to you and the nominee for final review and approval prior to publishing.