Former Burlington Mayor Pro Tem Celo Faucette was recently named Senior Citizen of the Year by the Alamance County Community Council.
Faucette, 71, was recognized Tuesday, May 1, at the Alamance County Community Council meeting by the Burlington Senior Adult Leisure Services.
“It surprised me,” Faucette said. “I was surprised and thankful that my efforts did not go unnoticed.”
Faucette said he was invited to the meeting and, while there, they began reading his background information. He had no idea he had been nominated for the award.
“That was the fun part about it: You didn’t have to answer anything,” Faucette said. “People chose you because of who you were and what you have done.
“It was exciting to know that the community still recognizes my efforts in making Burlington a better place to live,” Faucette added.
Jane Smith of the Senior Center said Faucette was nominated by City Clerk Renee Ward and City Manager Hardin Watkins, based on Faucette’s numerous services and accomplishments.
Smith listed some of Faucette’s achievements: serving on the Burlington Traffic Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, Martin Luther King Coalition Committee and county Transportation Committee. He also was vice chair of the county Community Services Agency Board of Directors and vice chair of the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority.
Smith added Faucette was involved with the Burlington COPS board, was instrumental in creating Link Transit and revitalizing North Park, and was a major component of See Something, Say Something. Faucette also served on the City Council from November 2009 to December 2017. He was elected mayor pro tem in 2014.
Faucette said he hopes to see more volunteers helping in the community, particularly with hunger.
“I think the thing I really have to say about this is we need more volunteers in the community to help our citizens,” Faucette said. “We are really hurting on some issues in this community. Hunger is a big issue. We have got to do better on our food drives and keeping our pantries stocked to assist our citizens in providing food for them. We have to step up to the plate and provide help for our citizens that are in need.”
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