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Local Heroes


Every 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. 

2019 Local Heroes – Call for Nominations!

The City is seeking nominations for Local Heroes – people who have made outstanding contributions to community well-being in Burnaby. All people living, working or participating in Burnaby are eligible for recognition. Priority will be given to nominees who have contributed to the community for a combined minimum of five years through at least two activities. Each nominee must have the support of two nominators.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 10, 2019. For more information please call 604-294-7290.

Nominate someone today!

2018 Local Heroes

At its October 1, 2018 meeting, Burnaby City Council honoured three Burnaby community members as its 2018 Local Heroes. They were recognized for their significant accomplishments and the positive impacts that they have made towards the city and citizens of Burnaby.

2017 Local Heroes

Pictured (left to right): Councillor James Wang, Councillor Pietro Calendino, Jake Anthony (accepting on behalf of his mother, Susan Anthony), Jane Lee, Mayor Derek Corrigan, Rosemary Cooke, Councillor Paul McDonell, Councillor Colleen Jordan, Councillor Nick Volkow, Councillor Dan Johnston, and Councillor Sav Dhaliwal.


  • Friday, May 10, 2019
    Deadline for submission of nominations.
  • September 2019
    Council decision on annual Local Hero recipients.
  • October 28, 2019
    Presentation of recognition certificates to Local Heroes at Council meeting.