New Jersey good-government advocate Harry S. Pozycki won it last year. In 2007, it was Philadelphia public education activist Helen Gym. In 2009, what citizen of this region made an important, lasting contribution to community or society? Nominate him or her to be The Inquirer's sixth annual Citizen of the Year.

Nominations must be in by Dec. 18. The winner will be revealed Jan. 3. E-mail your nomination, including why, to psweeney@phillynews.com, with "Citizen" in the subject line; or mail to Citizen of the Year, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia 19101.