Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



To press the button that starts Lights up the Night at the event on Friday, Dec. 6

Canby residents selected 17 "electric" people that make Canby a better place. They now are being asked to select the person to flip the switch to light up Wait Park at Friday's Light Up the Night event. The winner will be announced on Dec. 5.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Santa arrives just in time to help 'Light Up the Night.'

Here's the list of candidates, go to the Canby website and vote for your favorite at Who Lights up Canby.

Jack Brito is always willing to help those in need. He gives away a car every year to a needy individual or family and is in Rotary where he donates his time and money helping and serving others.

Mallory Gwynn always has a smile on his face, a kind word for everyone and he and his family is always there for the community. He has lots of positive energy and happiness that he can't help but spread around. He and his business also seem to be proud to be part of the community and support other businesses, He cares for people and for creating community as well as includes the entire community in his daily giving of heart, help and healing.

Cassy Vanderpool is the president of the MOMs Club of Canby. This past year hasn't been the easiest for the club and she has been the best president the MOMs Club could have asked for.

Tyler Francke is super positive and dedicated to making sure residents know what is happening on the Canby Now Podcast. He supports everything.

Marilyn Nash owns the Canby Chapel and brings great entertainment, events and beautification to Canby's community. Her personality alone can light up the whole town.

Yolanda Sanchez volunteers for every event possible in Canby. That includes any bridging cultures event or once a month at Canby Center to do a cooking class. She also volunteers at Zoar Lutheran Church to cook and is still a part of the Troost PTA even though her youngest son is in middle school. She loves Canby and loves making it a better place. She also is well-known around the community and would be great at turning on the lights.

Lisa Leir is always looking to help the less fortunate while also monitoring the Canby Now page for all of us to enjoy.

Deedra Thompson is always so cheerful and funny and always has a great smile for each person she meets.

Stacey Ackerman is the school counselor at Carus Elementary where she launched the Lunch Buddies program to make sure every student has someone to sit with at lunchtime. She is also very active in the community volunteering with Young Life and the Canby Center. Everywhere Stacey goes from work, to CrossFit, to her kids sporting events she lights up the room with positive words, encouragement and an overwhelming positive spirit. Anyone that knows her would agree she makes Canby a better place. Stacey is super fun and energetic and she makes sure everyone around her is having fun. She has the biggest heart. She also organized clothes closet at the school, so no student goes without essentials. Because she lights up a room and her school, she should be the one to light up Canby.

Fire Chief Jim Davis is everywhere. He's at school board meetings, City Council meetings, Chamber functions, local emergencies and city events. He contributes to everything and deserves a little recognition for all that he does.

Joyce Ares is the longtime chair of the Friends of the Canby Public Library. She is also the organizer of the Canby Tour of Homes, which supports all the wonderful and well-attended programming that happens at the library throughout the year. She was a driving force behind outfitting the teen room, which has been a huge success and was desperately needed for our local youth. She also is a delight to interact with and does what she does because she loves our local kids and wants to give them the best opportunities to thrive in our community. She was part of the suicide prevention steering committee, which has helped pepper our town with colorful signs displaying positive and supportive messages for at-risk youth. She also is helping carry on the legacy of the Canby Women's Civic Club, a remarkable group of more than 100 local women that was the driving force in establishing the Canby Public Library years ago.

David Basargin has a crazy imagination. He loves posting on Canby Now and usually gets some good laughs.

Dawn Depner is the definition of a person who brings light to Canby. In addition to her duties as a mother, wife and amazing friend, she spends her extra time organizing a community special event called Operation Snuggle in Canby to help homeless students in Canby and Molalla. Not only are the children benefitted by this event, but the community also benefits by coming together with the Christmas spirit to help. She's also worked on the Canby Fire Board and currently serves on the Canby School Board. She is kind, compassionate and caring. She is truly a blessing to everyone who knows her as well as to the city of Canby.

Sarah Spoon-Waffle has a personality that is electrifying! She's fun, engaged with the town and its nightlife and not afraid to speak up in defense of others.

Paul Carlson is a role model for the entire town. He has lived in Canby his entire life. He is a business owner and employer. He loves the Lord and is an upstanding, noble man.

Carol Rosen
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