Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach names 2015 Citizens of the Year

Sean Schuur of Sure Mortgage Solutions was named the Arroyo Grande 2015 Citizen of the Year
Sean Schuur of Sure Mortgage Solutions was named the Arroyo Grande 2015 Citizen of the Year

The Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2015 Citizens of the Year:

Arroyo Grande

Sean Schuur with Sure Mortgage Solutions was named the chamber’s Arroyo Grande Citizen of the Year because of his work with numerous boards and charities in the Five Cities area.

Schuur’s accomplishments include being named Pismo Coast and San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors Affiliate of the Year, Nipomo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2012 and one of The Tribune’s Top 20 Under 40 winners in 2005, the chamber wrote in a news release. Schuur was also selected as the grand marshal for the 12th Annual Arroyo Grande Christmas Parade in December.

Schuur is involved with the Pismo Beach/Five Cities Rotary Club, Junior Achievement, Arroyo Valley Car Club, Community Health Center Foundation Board, International Footprinter Association, New Life Community Church Men’s Board, Toys for Tots, Cuesta Crankers, Elks Club and the Nipomo Rotary Club.

Grover Beach

Fin’s Seafood Restaurant owner Bruce Van Vort was selected as the Grover Beach Citizen of the Year because of his numerous charity efforts, according to the news release.

Some of Van Vort’s accomplishments include his work with the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition, sponsorship of Haiti’s earthquake relief efforts in 2010 and support of the International Footprint Association — a nonprofit that promotes cooperation between law enforcement and the community.

Van Vort also was commended for his work as a foster parent and for adopting five of the children he has fostered.

Ken Talley Award

The chamber also awarded the Ken Talley Award for exemplary service to youths in South County to Mary Squellati for her work coordinating the annual Fun Run benefiting the South County Youth Coalition. The award comes with a $1,000 grant from the Talley family to go to an organization of Squellati’s choice.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

If you go

Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s 55th Annual Installation Dinner on Jan. 28, with food provided by Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana. Tickets are $65 per person, and corporate tables of eight are available. For reservations, call 489-1488 by Jan. 22.