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MyTBay Invites People to Share Stories and Photos


June 11, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay invites people to share their stories on Facebook and capture images that portray our unique community in the MyTBay photo contest, on now until Sept. 30. All entries should combine the people, life and unique landscape of Thunder Bay.

The new Facebook page and photography contest, launched at a special 100th Anniversary event today at the Pagoda, are an extension of the MyTBay storytelling portal that was created in 2008. People shared their stories and reflected on the unique identity of Thunder Bay in an engagement program that culminated in the rebranding of the City’s website.

"The MyTBay Facebook page invites people to tell their stories about our City, wherever they may be in the world, and the MyTBay photo contest invites them to share images that portray their favourite aspects of our community," said Councillor Linda Rydholm, Chair of Council’s Community Communications Committee.

"MyTBay reflects how we engage with our residents in 2010 - they are co-creaters in our community's brand story," said Karen Lewis, Manager-Corporate Communications & Strategic Initiatives. In recognition of this relationship, the citizen newsletter will also be re-named MyTBay starting with the June/July edition.

"One hundred years ago, when the Pagoda first opened, people stopped by on their journey to find out what was going on,” said Paul Pepe, Manager-Tourism at the launch, which was also a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Canada’s oldest tourism information centre. “Today, so much has changed in how we connect and communicate - and yet we are able to bring that personal touch back to life through social networking."

Selected images will be used in the MyTBay citizen newsletter, on the City's website and in the 2010 Experience magazine which is used to lure visitors from around the world.

"Some of the most difficult photos to take are the ones in your own backyard," said Thunder Bay photographer John Nistico, who is part of a panel who will judge contest entries. “It can be a challenge to see the value in your own stories and perspectives and, when all is said and done, a source of great pride – a pride that can now be shared with the community and the world.”

The Facebook page is at:  facebook.com/MyTBay
The photo contest entry form is available at www.mytbay.ca, City Hall and the Thunder Bay Public Library.

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Contact: Karen Lewis, Manager - Corporate Communications & Strategic Initiatives, 625-3859