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Second Annual Civic Pride Awards Celebrated

October 5, 2009 – City Council presented the 2nd Annual Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards, the first-ever Thunder Bay Green Giant Award and officially recognized the winners of the Civic Beautification and the Best Block Awards at the Committee of the Whole Meeting today.

Clean, Green & Beautiful

The Clean, Green & Beautiful Awards celebrate businesses and organizations who are improving the physical environment and the quality of life in our city. These awards recognize building and renovation projects that enrich the life of the community through public art, beautification, heritage and environmental greening.

"A clean, green & beautiful Thunder Bay depends on the pride of residents of all ages, businesses, and property owners," says Mayor Lynn Peterson, who chairs the Clean Green and Beautiful Committee. "Our winners are examples to us all and ambassadors of pride in our community.”

A Diamond Level Clean, Green & Beautiful Award was presented to St. Joseph’s Care Group for achievement of three elements in each of the Clean, Green & Beautiful categories along with the inclusion of a significant piece of public art. Highlights of the winning entry include:

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) used for the new Sister Margaret Smith Centre
  • Conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gasses through energy retrofits to the facility at 35 North Algoma Street
  • Tree planting programs at Hogarth Riverview Manor, the new Sister Margaret Smith Centre as well as the St. Joseph’s Heritage site
  • Installation of public art at the St. Joseph’s Mental Health Centre and the Sister Margaret Smith Centre
  • The recycling and reuse of materials
  • Creation of pedestrian and cycling amenities, and
  • Making their facilities accessible to all.

Thunder Bay Green Giant Award

This new award was launched this year to recognize Thunder Bay’s greenest citizens, those who are leading the way to a greener and more sustainable Thunder Bay. The inaugural award was presented to Gladys Martyn for efforts in leading a substantial recycling program at Parkwest Meadows Condominiums.

Contributions to Civic Pride

The City of Thunder Bay, in conjunction with the Thunder Bay Horticultural Society, recognizes business, industry and homeowner efforts that beautify our city. The following winners of the Civic City Beautification Awards were thanked before council for their contributions to civic pride:

Mayor’s Commercial Frontage Award

  • Harbourview Funeral Centre – 400 Cumberland St. N.

Institutional/Public Grounds Awards

  • 1st – Savior’s Lutheran Church – 10 Farrand St.
  • 2nd – Current River United Church – 333 Morse St.

Residential Property Awards

  • 1st – Marilyn Perry, 382 Royal St.
  • 2nd – Rose Marie Kay, 397 Toledo St.
  • 3rd – Greg Kenna, 363 Arundel St.

Rural Property Awards Within City Limits

  • Giuseppe Sdraulig, 2100 Trotter Rd.

The 2009 Best City Block Award, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Westfort, in conjunction with the City, was presented to the 400 Block of South Norah Street. This award recognizes beautification efforts and neighbourhood pride of a city block or street.

Honourees were treated to a barbecue reception with Council sponsored by the Thunder Bay & District Cattlemen's Association, before the ceremony.

For more information on award criteria or how to get involved in civic pride initiatives visit Watch for details this spring as the City celebrates its Civic Pride Month in April.

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