One of the greatest joys of my job is being a part of our annual Pacesetter Awards. Every year I think I’ve been as inspired as I possibly can, and then I read the next year’s nominations. Our area is overflowing with selfless individuals who make our community a better place. I’m sure you know a few. Now’s the time to get them the recognition they deserve.

The Camera is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Pacesetter Awards. Presented since 1985, these prestigious awards recognize Boulder County residents who have made significant contributions in the areas of arts and entertainment, business, community service, education, the environment, quality of life, and science, medicine or health. We also have a youth category to recognize those who are 18 years of age or younger.

To submit your nomination, visit and follow the instructions.

Winners will be selected based on their contributions, including donations of time, talent, money or life’s work that have had an impact on the community. The 2011 Pacesetters will select the 2012 Pacesetters, who will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Millennium Harvest House.

Don’t delay. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. I look forward to reading your submissions and getting inspired all over again.