Thunder Bay thrives because of the very special contributions and accomplishments of community champions. Citizens can be recognized monthly for outstanding achievement and annually for exceptional achievement.

The Citizens of Exceptional Achievement – Thunder Bay’s 50th Anniversary Volunteer Service Awards

In honour of Thunder Bay’s 50th Anniversary, the Official Recognition Committee and 50th Anniversary Steering Committee recognized individuals who have volunteered extensive time toward improving and enriching the community, shown extraordinary leadership, innovation and meaningful voluntary contributions and have a minimum of 50 years of cumulative, documented volunteer service in Thunder Bay.

The 50th Anniversary Award Recipients are:

Alice Chony – For over 50 years, Alice has dedicated her time, resources and knowledge to a variety of local organizations. Alice’s leadership and influence primarily with youth, have shaped future leaders. She is a role model who continues to mentor others to better our community.

Brenda Reimer – Brenda’s work with so many community organizations have provided services, assistance and caring for others. Our community is enriched by having individuals like Brenda give so willing of themselves to the greater community.

Crystal Kell – Crystal has made volunteering a priority in her life, especially in her retirement years. She has dedicated countless hours to so many deserving organizations in Thunder Bay.

Elsie Koivisto – Elsie was an active and dedicated volunteer at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre for the past 29 years, starting when the centre opened in 1991. Outside of the centre, Elsie left her mark with more than a few organizations such as the Eastern Star, the Ladies Auxiliary Branch 5 of the Port Arthur Legion and a lifetime member of the Ladies of the Moose. Sadly, Elsie passed away before the awards presentation. Her daughter, Sandra Stewart, accepted the award on her mother’s behalf.

Monthly Awards - Citizens of Outstanding Achievement

These awards are presented to individuals, teams or organizations for outstanding achievement and contribution to the City of Thunder Bay. Monthly award recipients have received provincial, national, or international recognition for their achievement. When providing a nomination it is the responsibility of the individual, team or organization to submit full documentation regarding the level of achievement.

Monthly Nomination Form

2021/2022 Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards

The 2021/2022 Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
The awards ceremony can be viewed on Shaw TV Cable 10, Tbaytel TV Channel 110 and on the City Website   Congratulations to all of our award recipients!

Special thank you to all of the organizations who nominated their volunteers for these special awards.

2020 Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Citizens of Exceptional Achievement awards was held virtually on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. It was aired on Shaw TV Cable 10, Tbaytel TV on Channel 110 and streamed on the City of Thunder Bay website.

The 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony can be viewed on the Watch City Council page.

The Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards honour those individuals, organizations and groups that are helping to create a neighbourhood or community where people feel a sense of belonging and responsibility to each other, and are active participants in its life. An annual banquet is held to celebrate exceptional achievement award winners.

Award categories

Good Citizen Award

This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding volunteer contributions in Thunder Bay for a minimum of five years. Groups and organizations may receive this recognition for 10, 25 and 50 years of service and every 10 year increment thereafter.

Spirit of Thunder Bay Award

This special award recognizes an individual who has volunteered time toward improving and enriching the community of Thunder Bay. This is an individual who has shown extraordinary leadership, innovation and meaningful voluntary contributions, and has a minimum of 15 years of cumulative volunteer experience in Thunder Bay.

Youth Award

This award is presented to an individual, up to the age of 21 years, who, for a minimum of two years, has increased the profile of youth in Thunder Bay through volunteer contributions that enrich quality of life in the community. Volunteer service must be outside the mandated 40 hours.

Past winners

See past winners of the Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards

Selection committee

The Selection Committee is comprised of appointed community members representing the various award categories.

More Information:

For more information regarding the Monthly Citizens of Outstanding Achievement and/or the  Annual Citizens of Exceptional Achievement awards, please contact Tina Larocque,  Coordinator - Boards, Committees and Special Projects at


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