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NEIGHBOUR DAY 2021: Saturday, June 19, 2021

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2020 Neighbour Day Celebrations

Photo Gallery: 2020 Neighbour Day Celebrations will appear here on the public site.

Hello Neighbours!

Neighbour Day is a wonderful way to bring neighbours together to build a strong and caring community. City Council has declared Thunder Bay’s first Neighbour Day was held on June 20, 2020. It is an opportunity to connect  with our neighbours and celebrate the heart and spirit of the community. 

Neighbour Day brings communities together to plan and host activities to celebrate their vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods. Neighbour Day provides an opportunity for neighbours to form strong relationships and helps neighbourhoods become more welcoming, safe and inclusive places to live.

In previous years, other cities have included neighbourhood picnics, barbeques, clean-up activities and movie nights in their Neighbour Day plans.  Thunder Bay has a giant heart and we can't wait to celebrate Neighbour Day in our city!  

Watch: TBay Bulletin -- Inaugural Neighbour Day 

Read Uplifting Local Neighbourhood Stories

Celebrating Thunder Bay's Inaugural Neighbour Day - Saturday, June 20, 2020

Neighbour Day 2020 is an important time to engage and socialize in new and meaningful ways when we have to be apart, due to COVID-19. We encourage citizens to find creative ways to connect with neighbours while maintaining physical distance and safety. Check out the toolkit and Neighbour Day 2020 Ideas below. 

Neighbour Day Toolkit

Connect and celebrate with your neighbours using these helpful tips, tools and templates provided.

Celebrate Your Neighbours - share your stories!

For the month of June, celebrate your neighbours and neighbourhood.  We invite you to share your stories and photos of kind and generous neighbours who demonstrate the true heart and spirit of your neighbourhood. Post your stories or email them to corr@thunderbayca.

Neighbour Day Card

Use the printable card to create a thank you message to leave on a neighbour's doorstep.

Add your message to the postcard to email to your neighbour. 

Show Some Love to your Neighbourhood

Upload the graphic and share your responses on social media. Submit your answers using #thanksneighbour and tag us to share what makes the neighbourhoods of Thunder Bay outstanding.

Thanks Neighbour

Upload the graphic and thank your neighbour on social media. Be sure to use #thankneighbour and tag "Neighbour Day Thunder Bay" on Facebook for your chance to win a prize. 

Neighbour Day Activities 

View the Neighbour Day Calendar to see the activities that have been planned for your neighbourhood. 

 

Add your neighbourhood activity to the Neighbour Day Calendar

1. Log in or Create your own account.

2. Select Submit an Event and add your information.

Kid Zone Activities

Children can print one or all of the colouring pages below.

Random prizes will be drawn for online submissions of artwork.

 

There are 2 ways to submit your entry:

1) On Facebook: Upload a picture of your work using #thanksneighbour and tagging NeighbourDayThunderBay 

2) Email theino@thunderbay.ca  

 

Colouring Option #1: This Is Me Being A Good Neighbour!

Colouring Option #2: This Is Me Being A Good Neighbour and Staying Physically Distant!

Colouring Option #3: Kindness is my SUPERPOWER. Character 1 or Character 2

Colouring Option #4: 3 Ways To Be a Good Neighbour

 Neighbour Day Ideas for 2020
 Please respect social distancing and the safety of our citizens in all Neighbour Day activities.
  • Be Creative! Find different ways to get to know your neighbours during a time of social distancing. Have your own driveway dance party or porch party. Be inspired by songs from 50 years ago in celebration of the City's 50th anniversary.
  • Be a Block Connector. Block Connectors are residents dedicated to building connections with and among Neighbours, while maintaining physically distancing. They inspire neighbours to share their gifts, skills, passions and talents with each other while respecting safety guidelines.
  • Neighbourhood Window Walks - Be creative and brightly dress up your windows for a neighbourhood walking tour. 
  • Light up your neighbourhood - Bring out your lights and let your block shine brightly.  Take a tour of city neighbourhoods.
  • Show random acts of neighbouring. Celebrate your neighbours or do something kind to show you care. Share your ideas using #thanksneighbour.
  • Neighbourhood Art Gallery - Families can use their imaginations to create their own works of art, chalk drawings or yard sculptures in their yards, sidewalks and driveways for the neighbourhood to enjoy.
  • Watch the below fun and easy art videos from the Community Arts & Heritage Project (CAHEP) to help decorate your neighbourhood! 

Activity videos - join in!

Amy Sellors - Block Party Concert: Get ready to perform for your neighbours from the comfort of your own yard! Supplies: something to play music.

Amy Sellors - Block Party Concert Video

Watch: Amy Sellors - Block Party Concert

Amy Sellors - Neigh "Burger" Day: Exchange recipes with your neighbours and organize a delicious Neigh"Burger" challenge! Supplies: your best burger recipe.

Amy Sellors - Neigh "Burger" Day Video

Watch: Amy Sellors - Neigh "Burger" Day

Merk - Exquisite Corpse: Draw a wacky, 3-panelled creature by yourself, or with friends and neighbours! Supplies: Paper, pencil.

Merk - Exquisite Corpse Video

Watch: Merk - Exquisite Corpse

Merk - Window Drawings: Look out your window and draw what you see with Comic Artist Merk! Supplies: pencil, paper.

Merk - Window Drawings Video

Watch: Merk - Window Drawings

Mallory Gresch - Paper Envelopes: Create and decorate your own paper envelope to use when you deliver your Neighbour Day cards and letters! Supplies: Glue, Scissors, a rectangle piece of paper.

Mallory Gresch - Paper Envelopes Video

Watch: Mallory Gresch - Paper Envelopes

 

Mallory Gresch - Paper Flowers: Follow Mallory as she teaches you how to create beautiful paper flowers from newspaper, or any other scrap paper! Supplies: Glue, scissors, 4 pieces of paper (any kind).

Mallory Gresch - Paper Flowers Video 

Watch: Mallory Gresch - Paper Flowers 

Marta Jobbitt - Driveway Dance Party: Join Marta and her dad as they lead you in a fun, energizing Driveway Dance Party. Make sure to get your neighbours and family to join in! Supplies: music.

Watch youtube video

Watch: Marta Jobbitt - Driveway Dance Party

Marta Jobitt - Driveway Dance Combo: Learn a fun dance combo that you can perform to any music! Marta will teach you the steps, then you arrange a performance outside with your friends and neighbours! Supplies: music. 

Marta Jobitt - Driveway Dance Combo Video

Watch: Marta Jobitt - Driveway Dance Combo

One City. Fifty Years.

 New City, New Streets
 After amalgamation in 1970, the newly formed City of Thunder Bay found themselves with a problem other amalgamated municipalities have faced: multiple streets with the same or similar name.  

One street name in particular that held great prominence in both Fort William and Port Arthur was Arthur Street.

As with many street names in Fort William, Arthur Street was associated with the Vickers family, named after son Arthur Algoma Vickers. Residents of Toronto, John Joseph (J. J.) Vickers, and his wife Catherine, were frequent visitors to Fort William and held close friendships with prominent Fort William families. Recognizing the region’s great opportunity after his first visit in 1859, Vickers began investing locally both in mining and real estate. The Vickers Park property, bordered by Arthur Street to the north, was gifted to the Town of Fort William in 1902 by Catherine Vickers in memory of her husband. Arthur Vickers himself did become a resident of Fort William, arriving in 1903, he handled the sales of family lands.

In contrast, Arthur Street in Port Arthur was named in 1871 when the community was first surveyed as Prince Arthur’s Landing. Both the community and the street were named in honour of H.R.H. Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. In 1977 the street was re-named Red River Road, commemorating the route to the Red River Settlement.

Another set of streets sharing the same name was McIntyre Street. The Port Arthur street, named after railway executive Duncan McIntyre, retained its name after amalgamation.  

The Fort William streets’ namesake was John McIntyre, Clerk in Charge, and later Factor, of Hudson Bay Company’s Fort William Fur Trade Post.  Upon his retirement in 1877, McIntyre remained a prominent member of the growing community along the Kaministiquia River.

In 1971, McIntyre Street in Fort William’s East End, was renamed McNaughton Street after long-time city clerk Alexander McNaughton.  McNaughton began his role in 1900 prior to Fort William’s incorporation as a city.  He remained city clerk until 1945.

Certain duplicated street names had straightforward solutions. John Street in Fort William, named after Fort William’s first Mayor, John McKellar, was simply renamed McKellar Street.

These are just a few examples of Thunder Bay street name changes post-amalgamation, there are certainly many others! If you would like to learn more, contact the City of Thunder Bay Archives, archives@thunderbay.ca.

Source: The Street Names of Thunder Bay by Diane Grant

Neighbourhoods Past and Present

 
Photo Gallery: Neighbourhoods Past and Present will appear here on the public site.

For more information about Neighbour Day, contact Cindy Orr at corr@thunderbay.ca or (807) 629-7098.

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