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2014 Awards

2014 Mayor's Community Safety Awards recipients and sponsors group photo

The 2014 Mayor's Community Safety Awards honoured six individuals and groups at City Hall on Nov. 3, 2014. The four Outstanding Community Projects received $1,000 from their award sponsors to reinvest in community safety initiatives. The awards are presented in conjunction with Ontario's Crime Prevention Week. This year's awards were presented by Thunder Bay Hydro.

2014 Mayor's Community Safety Awards - Program  Adobe PDF, 12 pages, 2.05 MB

2014 Award Recipients


Community Hero Award: Linda BruinsLinda Bruins received the 2014 Community Hero Award.

Linda Bruins is being recognized for her tireless dedication to building community through bringing people together. Bruins, the Executive Director of Evergreen A United Neighbourhood, works alongside people from all walks of life, building partnerships and working toward the common goal of a healthy, safe and vibrant community.

Sponsor: Apex Investigation and Security

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Young Leader Award: Jeevan ChahalJeevan Chahal received the Young Leader Award.

Jeevan Chahal, a Grade 12 student at Churchill high school, has been involved in Student Crime Stoppers since the program’s inception two years ago. Today, Jeevan remains heavily involved in the program, and has grown into a strong leader on the Student Crime Stoppers Committee, and helping to ensure the program’s message reaches his fellow students. Jeevan also works to make his community safer as a member of the Hate Crimes Awareness Committee.

Sponsor: Métis Nation of Ontario

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Outstanding Community Project Award – The SOS Program received an Outstsanding Community Project award.
Street Outreach Services (SOS) Program

Outstanding Community Project Award – Street Outreach Services (SOS) Program was launched as a way for Shelter House to reach out to some of the most-vulnerable members of our community with compassion and care. The program was launched as a pilot project last winter, part of a Cold Weather Plan designed to address 2013’s harsh winter season, as well as a growing number of admissions to shelters in the city. The SOS Program focused on helping people who were homeless and/or publically intoxicated access needed services like shelter or detox during cold winter nights. Nearly 1,000 people were helped during the four-month pilot phase, and work has begun on expanding the program to provide much-needed community supports year-round.

Sponsor: Mac’s Convenience Stores

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Outstanding Community Project Award – CAHEP received an Oustanding Community Project award.
Community Arts and Heritage Education Project (CAHEP)

CAHEP is building a stronger community through the arts. CAHEP provides low-cost, accessible arts and heritage education programs to Thunder Bay youth and their families. The multi-disciplinary offerings give youth an opportunity to engage with their fellow community members, building stronger connections with each other and their neighbourhoods.

Sponsor: The City of Thunder Bay and Shout Media

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Outstanding Community Project Award – Broken Pieces, Mended Hearts
Broken Pieces Mended Hearts: A PhotoVoice Journey of Young Parents

Broken Pieces Mended Hearts: A PhotoVoice Journey of Young Parents celebrates the strength of Thunder Bay’s young parents. The program, an initiative of Our Kids Count’s Young Parents Program – with support from Leadership Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Community Foundation – addresses the stigma that surrounds young parents. Through sharing the stories and experiences of the participants, the project educates the public about the issues, challenges and triumphs experienced by young parents, in turn making the community safer and more inclusive for them and their children.

Sponsor: Thunder Bay Police Services Board

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Outstanding Community Project Award – Zone Watch received an oustanding community project award.
Zone Watch

Zone Watch brings community members together with Police to address the risk factors associated with crime in Thunder Bay. About 100 residents have signed up to participate in Zone Watch since the program’s June 2013 launch, undergoing special training and gaining the opportunity to communicate directly with the police officers who work in their neighbourhoods. The partnership allows community members to participate directly in crime prevention, and allows police to hear innovative new ideas for making Thunder Bay a safer place for everyone.

Sponsor: Union Gas

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