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Local Heroes

LogoEvery year since 2007, the City has identified and recognized Local Heroes. These individuals are of diverse interests and backgrounds who give back to their community in a wide variety of ways. Examples of activities include volunteering for a local agency or community school, coaching a local sports team, or helping recent immigrants settle into the community. Priority is given to recognizing nominees who have contributed to the community for over five years through a minimum of two activities. The nomination process is launched in the spring of each year and advertised at community facilities and in local newspapers. 

2014 Local Heroes

The deadline for nominations was Friday, May 9, 2014. For more information please telephone 604-294-7290 or email

2013 Local Heroes

At its November 4, 2013 meeting, Burnaby City Council honoured eight Burnaby community members as our 2013 Local Heroes. They were recognized for their significant accomplishments and the positive impacts they have made on the city and citizens of Burnaby.

2013 Local Heroes Picture

Left to Right: Councillor Paul McDonell, Melanie Walkus, Velma Pallen, Verna Adamson, Gulshan Megji, Ken Tunnicliffe, Dr. Carol Matusicky, Larry Smith, Georgette Leduc and Mayor Derek Corrigan.


  • Friday, May 9, 2014
    Deadline for submission of nominations.
  • June 2014
    Assessment of nominations by the Social Issues Committee.
  • September 2014
    Council decision on annual Local Hero recipients, based on recommendations from the Social Issues Committee.
  • November 2014
    Presentation of recognition certificates to Local Heroes at Council meeting.