Janice Peters named Citizen of the Year in Morro Bay

Former Mayor Janice Peters has been named the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce.

In honoring Peters, the chamber took note of her long history of service. Peters served a total of six years as mayor, eight years on the City Council, and six years on the Planning Commission.

She coordinates the city’s Winter Bird Festival and founded the annual Mermaid and Pirate Parade as well as the annual “Fundraiser Follies” to support local nonprofits. She acts in theater productions at the SLO Little Theater and Cambria’s Pewter Plough Playhouse.

“I wanted to be an actress in my 20s, and I would practice my award speech for a role in a movie. But more importantly, I have been able to play a role in a community,” Peters said about her years in public service.

Business of the Year was awarded to Pacific Dance Center, and the Living Treasure award was presented to Mike Dominguez of Mike’s Barber Shop.

At the event, the chamber also announced its new motto: “Unity in the Community.” Chris Christensen was installed as the 2012 president, along with new directors Kacey Kelso of the Fuel Dock and Sean Emerson of Albertsons. Also honored were outgoing president John Weiss and outgoing directors Pauline Stansbury and Stuart McElhinney. Returning board members are Chris Dorn, Dan Riddell, Lisa Gilbert, Lori French, Joan Solu, Andrea Lueker, Pat Bietz, Susan Stewart and Jennifer Redman.