Local Heroes

We celebrate our heroes

The Local Heroes Award recognizes Burnaby residents who have made a positive difference in our community by giving their time as volunteers. This award acknowledges their selflessness, dedication and commitment to doing good every day and making our city a better place. Examples may include volunteering for a local agency or community school, coaching a local sports team, or helping recent immigrants settle into our community.

Application criteria

Candidates must:

  • Live, work or participate in Burnaby and can be from any age group or background.
  • Have contributed to the community for a combined minimum of 5 years through at least 2 volunteer activities.
  • Have the support of at least 2 nominators to be considered.


Nominations are now closed. Check back here in 2023 for updates.

2021 Local Heroes

Burnaby City Council will recognize the newest recipients at a council meeting in October 2021.

Our 2019 Local Heroes

Six outstanding citizens were named Local Heroes by the council, recognizing their immense contributions to our community.

Pictured (left to right): Councillor Pietro Calendino, Councillor Joe Keithley, Kathy Richardson, Sameer Aslami, Mayor Mike Hurley, Dianne Stevenson, Mary Gates, Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, Marianne Buesink, Councillor Dan Johnston and Councillor Colleen Jordan. Not Pictured: Donna Short.

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