Port Moody promotes civic engagement through a series of awards that recognize city residents, businesses, and organizations for their contributions to the community. Learn about all of the awards and recognitions in Port Moody.

Freedom of the City award

The Freedom of the City is the highest honour that Port Moody can give to an individual or distinguished unit of the armed forces of Canada or another nation. It is awarded to acknowledge contributions to the community or to those who have brought recognition to the City through their achievements.

Submit a nomination

If you would like to nominate someone for Freedom of the City, please send Council an email and explain why you believe this individual should receive the award. Nominations for Freedom of the City Award are accepted all year. 

Past recipients

Review the past recipients of the Port Moody Freedom of the City award.

Gerry Nuttall – 2018

Gerry NuttallMayor Mike Clay presented Gerry Nuttall with the Freedom of the City honour on June 16, 2018, for his long-time service to the community.

In 1976, Gerry and his wife Barbara moved to Port Moody, where they built their house on April Road and raised three children. Gerry opened a small printing business, putting community and family before profit, and became a devoted volunteer in the community. In his printing business, he would often donate design and printing services to local non-profit organizations, even assisting his political competition with their campaign materials. He was the “go to” printer for most Port Moody businesses and was greatly missed when he sold his business. Still residing in the same house in 2018, Gerry is now a proud grandparent of six grandchildren.

During his more than 40 years in Port Moody, Gerry has been a hardworking, exemplary citizen and an asset to the City. He is described by many as a mentor, a community leader, a tireless volunteer, and someone who is dedicated to ensuring we have the best community possible.

Gerry served on Port Moody Council for three terms. During this time, he served as chair of the Finance Committee, Arts and Culture Committee, Economic Development Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, and Community Care Committee, and as a member of the Arts Centre Expansion Project.

Gerry has also volunteered numerous hours in our community as a softball coach, member of the Port Moody Parks and Recreation Commission, chair of the Residents for a Better Port Moody, president of the Golden Spike Days Society, chair of the Burrard Thermal Liaison Committee, member of the Port Moody Police Board, treasurer for the BC Association of Police Boards, and co-chair for the Evergreen Line Art Committee.

Gerry's latest endeavour has been the formation of the Port Moody Seniors Friendship Society. In 2015, Gerry worked with Ann Kitching (Freedom of the City recipient who passed away in December 2016) to address loneliness among seniors in Port Moody. Along with Fred Soofi and Wayne Borthwick, they formed a non-profit society called the Port Moody Seniors Friendship Society. In October 2016, with support from the City of Port Moody and Metro Vancouver, the Society opened a gathering space and café called The Club at 101 Noons Creek Drive. The Club is a place where seniors can come and drop in to socialize, as well as take part in activities such as bridge, knitting, book club, cribbage, movie nights, trivia nights, bus trips to multiple locations, concerts, barbecues, and Friday night socials.

Ann Kitching – 2013

Ann KitchingIn honour of her service to the community, Ann Kitching was granted Freedom of the City on December 2, 2013. Ann was also honoured twice in 2016, with a bursary in her name, to help young artists attend summer art camps, and with the re-naming of the 3D Gallery at the Port Moody Arts Centre. The new name for the 3D Gallery – the Ann Kitching Gallery – was chosen by Arts Centre donor Townline in recognition of Ann's lifelong work in the arts and education.

Penelope “Ann” Kitching was born December 15, 1931. She moved to Port Moody from Montreal in 1978 and, until her retirement in 1997, was a senior college administrator. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Math from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts from McGill University. She worked for Douglas and Kwantlen Colleges, and helped set up the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. Following her return to Port Moody, she became joint owner and principal of Fraser Pacific College in Richmond. In 2002, Ann was appointed to the Board of Douglas College, where she served as vice chair until 2010.

During her retirement, Ann pursued her dream of becoming a fibre artist, and continued to contribute to the community in immeasurable ways. She served as president of the Port Moody Arts Centre Society and chair of the Wearable Art Awards Committee, and played a vital role as a member of the Arts and Culture Task Force and the City's Centennial Committee.

Ann passed away at Inlet Centre Hospice on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. She was a driving force for the advancement of the arts in Port Moody, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Port Moody residents, and the City as a whole, benefited from her energy, talent, and commitment to the community.

“Ann personified community spirit, and always contributed fully and passionately to everything she did,” said Mayor Mike Clay. “Her enthusiasm was infectious, and she knew how to get things done – and demanded the same of others. A tireless worker and advocate for the arts, you couldn't ever leave a conversation with Ann without feeling inspired and wanting to do more, but rarely could you ever keep up.

“If our goal is to leave the world a better place, Ann has certainly done that, and taught the rest of us what can be accomplished when you have the drive and determination, and never take no for an answer. I'm frankly not even sure what Port Moody will be like without Ann here, but I know her legacy will live on in all that she has created for our success. The saying is ‘Dance like nobody's watching, love like you'll never be hurt,' and we should add, ‘and get it done like Ann would get it done!'”

Ann lived on April Road in Port Moody for 40 years, in a house known as “Chimney House,” due to the long, vertical pipe that comes up from the living room fireplace. She is survived by her daughter Rosemary, and granddaughter Anna.

Dr. Mary Anne Cooper – 2011

Dr. Mary Anne CooperDr. Mary Anne Cooper received the Freedom of the City honour in 2011. She was the driving force behind the creation of Ioco Ghost Town Days. This event increases the awareness of Port Moody's unique heritage site. She's been part of the organizing committee every year for the last 10 years.

Mary Anne's passion for protecting the Ioco Townsite began after moving to Port Moody from the United States to retire and be closer to her daughter. Her enthusiasm about heritage conservatism is unwavering, despite turning 97 years old in 2011.

During the Great Depression she worked as an Environmental Monitor with the Army Corp of Engineers, who were undertaking enormous civil works. Mary Anne has a Ph.D. in environmental conservation. She's had a lifelong interest in environmental protection, and has been active on a number of prominent environmental issues.

As a member of the Port Moody Heritage Commission for seven years, Mary Anne contributed her time developing Heritage Week displays. She has also served on the Board of the Port Moody Heritage Society. As an active member of the Ioco United Church, she was instrumental in receiving grants to replace the roof on this prominent heritage landmark.

The City of Port Moody is not the only organization to recognize Mary Anne's contributions. On September 30, 2011, she received the Heritage BC Award for advocacy.

Ron Curties – 2011

Ron CurtiesRon Curties' dedication to his community is remarkable. Dating back to 1991, Ron was on at least 26 City-appointed committees. His enthusiasm, dedication, considerable expertise and guidance set him apart.

Ron was a lifetime member, past president and political debate emcee with the Pleasantside Community Association. He organized, promoted and emceed the Annual Rocky Point Penguin Plunge, a signature event for the Pleasantside Community Association.

With a knack for sports, Ron was a founding member of the Old Orchard Hall Badminton Club, the Port Moody Curling Club and the Ioco Heritage Lawn Bowling Society.

He spent countless hours volunteering for Ioco Ghost Town Days, Golden Spike Days, the Terry Fox Run, the Port Moody Library Links to Literacy Annual Golf Tournament and the Port Moody Foundation. He was also responsible for “bringing Santa to Port Moody by boat” as part of the Port Moody Power and Sail Squadron Carol Ships.

In 2012, Ron received the Community Volunteerism Award at the Spirit of Community Awards sponsored by the Society for Community Development. Ron continued to be a vibrant and involved community volunteer until he passed away on November 13, 2012.

Dr. Elaine Golds – 2007

Dr. Elaine GoldsDr. Elaine Golds has been recognized for her significant involvement in environmental related causes, societies and committees.

Dr. Golds can be credited in part for the installation of better air pollution control equipment at BC Hydro's Burrard Thermal Generating Station in Port Moody in the 1990s. More recently she advocated for the continued operation of the hydro generating plant in light of the province's desire to close it in favour of coal-generated power, a significant contributor of greenhouse gases.

Dr. Golds spearheaded the creation of a wetland in Port Moody's Shoreline Park and personally rescued and moved endangered red-legged frogs to the site from a nearby wetland that was threatened by a road expansion.

Dr. Golds has resided in Port Moody since 1989 and has dedicated herself on a full-time, unpaid basis to preserving and enhancing our natural environment through her work with numerous societies, committees, and causes.

Through her community work, Dr. Golds has led nature walks for school children, assisted in creating wetlands in Shoreline Park, produced wildlife inventories for the city, and contributed to interpretive signage in Shoreline Park. As president of the Port Moody Ecological Society, she initiated a major school visit program at the Noon's Creek Hatchery that continues today.

Elaine Golds was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelors degree. She obtained her doctorate degree in biochemistry from McGill University (1978) and studied the structure of the myelin sheath (nervous system) in research for the understanding of diseases, working on multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Port Moody Legion Branch 119 – 2005

Port Moody LegionOn Sunday, October 16, 2005 the City of Port Moody honoured Port Moody Legion Branch #119 with Freedom of the City in recognition of the Legion's long and distinguished presence within the City and their many contributions.

Today, the honour enables the Legion to march within City limits on special occasions. Additionally, upon request of Mayor Joe Trasolini to extend year-round free parking to all Veterans at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, Fraser Health Authority has granted free parking to veterans during Veterans' Week in November. To commemorate the occasion, the Legion has also been presented with an engraved paving stone which is installed at Queen Street Plaza.

Art Wilkinson – 2003

Art WilkinsonArt Wilkinson, a resident of Glenayre, Port Moody for over 40 years, was married to Margaret and the father of two grown children. He was a retired bank manager and past President and member of the Hyack Festival in New Westminster.

Art served his community tirelessly for 18 years (1984 to 2002) as Councillor and as an active committee member and volunteer. He came to public service as someone who cared about his community and had a profound sense of stewardship about the financial resources of the City. Neither of those things changed in all his years of service.

He and Margaret were Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus around the City for many years. During the early years of Golden Spike Days, he and Margaret always donned period costumes to add authenticity to the events.

Art was the Chair of the City's Finance Committee for 15 of his 18 years on Council. He was involved with the development of the north shore Heritage Mountain neighbourhoods and Newport Village and was part of the vision for the Ipsco lands project, now called Klahanie. When financial issues were discussed during Council meetings, Art always asked, "Where is the money coming from?" When he left Council the City's reserves were $31 M and the per capita debt was - and remains to be - one of the lowest in the Lower Mainland. When local oil refineries began to downgrade their operations, Art's input and foresight was instrumental in the City's establishment of a growth stabilization reserve. His banking expertise provided immeasurable value and assistance to the Finance department in developing sound financing and investing policies and decisions.

After retiring from Council, Art was involved in the Parks and Recreation Commission and continued to oversee the financial aspects of the proposed recreation centre expansion project. Art Wilkinson passed away March 19, 2005. He was an original member of the Glenayre Community Association and in 2005, Glencoe Park was renamed Art Wilkinson Park, in his memory.

Ann C. Hulbert – 2003

Ann C. HulbertAnn Hulbert, a long-time resident of Port Moody has one son and two grandchildren. She has been committed to serving her community for over 30 years, 23 as a Councillor and active member in various local and international committees and organizations.

During her years of service as Councillor, she was passionate about the environment and extensively involved with the Mossom Creek Hatchery and Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society. Ann is a committed environmental crusader. Whether the topic is air, water or land, she is always aware of the three spheres in the environment.

David Driscoll, former Mayor, remarked, "From community to community service to community. It is a marvellous unbroken string of commitments. Ann worked tirelessly on Council assignments and saw the Council Chambers as a place where neighbours could solve problems together."

Ann and her late husband, Peter, were very committed to assisting the community of Kariba in Zimbabwe. They visited Kariba and organized many shipments of containers filled with donated hospital and school supplies, as well as textbooks for new school libraries.

Now retired from Council, Ann keeps busy as International Director of the Port Moody Rotary, is president of Oiled Wildlife Society of BC, is on numerous City committees and acts as a guide for school tours of City facilities. She continues with her passion for photography and hosts ‘sold out' slide-shows of her talented work.

David Driscoll – 1999

David DriscollFreedom of the City was bestowed on David Driscoll on May 29, 1999 by Mayor Rick Marusyk and Council. In celebration of the honour the City purchased a part of the Trans Canada Trail in Rocky Point Park, a place dear to David.

David began his time on Council in 1973 as an Alderman. For work and family reasons David left Council between 1979 and 1983. In 1983, he returned as Mayor and served four terms, leaving in 1993 to become Executive Director of the VanCity Community Foundation. During his time as Mayor, David served as President of the Lower Mainland Municipal Association, Vice Chair of the GVRD, Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority as well as serving on numerous Federal, Provincial, and Municipal organizations and task forces.

David was and is a member and Board member of a number of community organizations. He was awarded an honorary life membership in the Community Living movement. He is a Simon Fraser University Silver Anniversary Distinguished Alumni, and a Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee medallist.

During the 1990s, David chaired the BC Assessment Authority for six years. He was nominated by the community and appointed by the Provincial Government to chair the creation of a new Crown Agency (Community Living BC).

David retired from VanCity in 2006 and pursued some international work in China and Russia as well as re-engaging his work and support of local community based organizations.

Al and Nellie Sholund – 1998

Al and Nellie SholundThe Sholunds are the first couple to be honoured by Port Moody with Freedom of the City. Mayor Marusyk presented them with their distinguished awards on June 13, 1998. The couple met during the Second World War in Nellie's home country of England while Al was stationed there. Al passed away in 2006, just days before his 97th birthday. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Nellie, and their two daughters Christine and Pauline.

Al, a former employee of the Imperial Oil refinery at Ioco, served on the library board for many years starting in 1956, while Nellie volunteered to work the library's front desk. The couple is widely credited with building the City's Public Library, Library Board, the city's museum, and the Historical Society. Nellie was chair of the advisory board at the Kyle Centre for eight years. They have donated countless hours over many, many years to the restoration of the museum, its artifacts and objects, and the education of both children and adults on the rich and colourful history of this area.

The Chamber of Commerce named Al Sholund Tri-Cities Citizen of the Year in 1985. As long-time residents of the City, the Sholunds have given their time and expertise extensively to the community.

Al Sholund has contributed years of insightful historical articles to the City's quarterly newsletter, the Focus. As Mayor Marusyk stated "Al and Nellie Sholund are shining examples of community volunteerism."

Judith D. Forst – 1992

Judith D. ForstJudith Forst received the honour of Freedom of the City by Mayor Driscoll on November 27, 1992. As an internationally acclaimed coloratura mezzo soprano who has sung to great critical acclaim in every major opera house in North America and Europe, she was bestowed this honour as a distinguished citizen of Port Moody.

Judith was born and raised in New Westminster and spent her early childhood years in Coquitlam. She took up residence in Port Moody in 1975 with her husband Dr. G. Forst. She attended the University of British Columbia, and received a Bachelor of Music in 1964. In 1968, she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, received a scholarship and, at the same time, the Met offered Judith a contract. This was the first time that this was offered by this company. In 1992, Judith was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia.

Mayor Driscoll stated at the time he gave Judith her award "our city is proud to be the home of Judith Forst. She has long been one of Port Moody's proudest assets."

Judith has made a considerable contribution to the arts at the local, national, and international level, and has at all times been an outstanding ambassador for the City of Port Moody.

Norman Wild – 1985

Norman WildThe honour of Freedom of the City was bestowed on Norm on September 3, 1985 by Mayor Driscoll. He was recognized for his eighteen consecutive years as Alderman of the City of Port Moody. During that time. Norm was actively involved with his community, in particular, being a founding member of the Port Moody Soccer Club. He was passionate about minor athletics and the arts. He was also instrumental in the development of the Port Moody Pipe Band, which went on to become the world renowned Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

He came to Canada with his wife, Stella, in 1956 and moved to Port Moody in 1959 where he established his own insurance brokerage. He was involved in the insurance business for 50 years. Mr. Wild passed away on February 24, 2003.

Andrew Peller – 1982

Andrew PellerAs the founder of Andrés Wines Ltd., Mr. Peller was Port Moody's first industry representative to be presented with Freedom of the City on September 10, 1982 by Mayor Petrie.

When he arrived in Canada in 1927 from a small village on the Danube in southern Hungary, he was in search of a new home and a new promise for his young family.

At 57, an age when most people would be content to reflect on their past achievements, he pursued his goal and established Andrés Wines Ltd. in Port Moody in 1961.

Andrew Peller was described as a man who "had a vision and that vision became reality through his energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the well-being of his fellow man."

Mr. Peller promoted the City's identity and contributed in a major way to its economy. He passed away in 1994.

William M. Johnstone – 1982

William M. JohnstoneWilliam "Bill" Johnstone was bestowed the honour of Freedom of the City by Mayor Petrie on September 10, 1982. He served as School Trustee for 19 years, and with boundless energy beyond measure, to the cultural, recreational and developmental growth of the City of Port Moody.

Bill came to Canada in 1928 and with his wife, Julie, had four children. He was a Legion member, worked at Flavelle Cedar for 36 years, and was a Cub leader for 10 years. He passed away on December 18, 1998.

Herbert “Bert” C. Flinn – 1980

Bert FlinnBert Flinn was the second individual to be presented the honour of Freedom of the City on March 31, 1980 by Mayor Young. Mr. Flinn was a resident of Port Moody for 61 years. He married Minnie in 1922, came to Canada and built their home on St. Johns Street. Bert Flinn was employed by Weldwood of Canada, Flavelle Cedar division in Port Moody for 37 years.

He served as an Alderman for 18 years and worked to establish and develop the Port Moody Public Library.

During his early years on council Bert took a very active role in lobbying for public transit in the area. It is also to his credit that much of the city's history has been recorded, both written and by way of tape recordings. Many documents and artifacts relating to the City of Port Moody have been retained for future generations to enjoy. In 1977 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. In 1978, Bert was presented with the Queen's Silver Jubilee medal for service to the community.

Bert Flinn passed away in 1985 at the age of 94. Flinn Court in Moody Centre and Bert Flinn Park on the city's north shore are named in his honour.

Leonard A. Elsdon – 1971

Len ElsdonLen Elsdon was given the first Freedom of the City award presented by the City of Port Moody on January 4, 1971 by Mayor Howe.

Len served on Council as Alderman for 25 years, and contributed beyond measure to the cultural and community growth of Port Moody. Born and raised in British Columbia, Len was married to Ethel and had two sons. He worked for Imperial Oil at Ioco for 41 years.

In 1939 he was involved with the establishment of the first Public Library, which was located in the basement of the former city hall. After a short while, it moved over to the present day Arts Centre on Kyle Street. He and Ethel volunteered for many years at the library and later he served on the Library Board as Chairman. He had a passion for the library and served his community energetically through it.

Len Elsdon passed away in 1992. Elsdon Bay on Port Moody's north shore is named in his honour.

Exemplary Civic Service award

The Exemplary Civic Service award recognizes an individual or group that Council feels has contributed significantly to Port Moody's current and future well-being by showing leadership, initiative, commitment, and commendable effort.


If you would like to nominate someone for the Exemplary Civic Service Award, please send Council an email and explain why you believe this individual should receive the award. Nominations for the Exemplary Civic Service Award are accepted all year. 

Past recipients

View all of the past recipients of the Exemplary Civic Service Award.

Yolanda Broderick - 2020

The Exemplary Civic Service Award recognizes an individual or group that has contributed significantly to Port Moody's current and future well-being by showing leadership, initiative, commitment, and commendable effort. Yolanda Broderick was honoured with this award for her leadership in founding, organizing, and chairing a number of initiatives designed to help those most in need, and for serving as an inspiring mentor and role model for others.

Through her local church community, Broderick founded an annual Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner for those in need in our community. Over the last nine years, this charity event has served over 800 men, women, children, seniors, and new immigrant families. Broderick also helped to re-launch the Tri-Cities Soup Sisters, first launched locally in 2013 by Tara McIntosh. The group cooks three types of soup each month at a local bistro and donates the food to Joy’s Place, a local women’s shelter. 

In addition to her ongoing volunteer work, Broderick is quick to help in emergency situations. In October 2015, a fire in a co-op housing unit in Port Moody left 47 people displaced from their homes. Broderick worked with a small group of volunteers to provide a hot dinner for the families over the Thanksgiving weekend and recruited donations of clothes, toys, and food so that the families could enjoy Christmas.

Recently, at the request of the Rotary Club of Port Moody, Broderick created a sewing group to sew masks for Coast Mental Health, a non-profit organization that helps people with mental illness and people with disabilities. The sewing group was able to give masks out to the parishioners of both All Saints Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Port Moody Firefighter's Charitable Society - 2019

Exemplary Civic Service Award Port Moody Firefighter's Charitable Society The Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation nominated the Port Moody Fire Fighters Charitable Society and Council was 100% supportive of this nomination.

Since 1913 Port Moody Fire Rescue has been supporting the health and well-being of the City in many ways. Their efforts of off duty Port Moody firefighters prior to their charitable society, which was created in 2015, embodies all the characteristics of an exemplary civic service for our community. They have shown leadership, initiative, commitment and commendable effort for years leading a legacy of leadership.

Pat Dennett and Barbara Nuttall – 2015

Pat Dennett

Pat DennettPat Dennett was presented the Exemplary Civic Service Award at the re-opening of the Mossom Creek Hatchery in May 2015.

Pat Dennett stepped forward to volunteer his skills as construction manager after the devastating fire in December 2013 that destroyed the Mossom Creek Hatchery. Pat's contribution has been nothing short of extraordinary. As a community volunteer, Pat has contributed over $200,000 in-kind in construction management services. He helped to secure approximately $250,000 in donated materials, equipment, and labour, all through his far-reaching contacts in the construction industry.

Barbara Nuttall


Barbara NuttallBarbara Nuttall was presented the Exemplary Civic Service Award at the Links to Literacy Tournament in August 2015. Barbara has been involved with the community for many years, has served on various civic committees, and has volunteered at numerous City and third-party community events.

Most notably Barbara, as a member of the Port Moody Public Library Board, initiated the Library's Links to Literacy Golf Tournament in 2001. She continued to work as the key organizer of this tournament for 14 years (from 2001 to 2014). The golf tournament has raised more than $350,000 towards enhancing library services with new programs, equipment, collections, and services.

George and Linda Balzer – 2013

George and Linda BalzerOn September 24, 2013, Mayor Mike Clay presented George and Linda Balzer with the first Exemplary Civic Service Award.

George, entrepreneur, innovator, author, pilot and successful businessman is also a talented musician, writer of music and dedicated to the sharing of his love for music. He served on the Joint Public Safety Building Task force in 2002 and partnered with Cultural Services staff to stage the first concert in the new Amphitheatre. Committed to youth becoming their best, George mentored the Teen Entrepreneurial program which produced the famous “Port Moody Bottled Water”.

Linda, “into everything”, from promoting the Chamber of Commerce, Make a Wish Foundation, Douglas College Foundation, Inner Visions and as a founding member of the Port Moody Rotary Club, has served many terms on the Library Board and Parks and Recreation Commission, including the Recreation Centre Expansion Task Force and Fundraising Committee. She is also involved with Hike for Hospice, the Terry Fox Run and Crossroads Hospice.

Together they support causes in other parts of the world and have built houses for single moms, welcomed foreign students into their home and they'll be found at work in all parts of the community. When they're not in the midst of the Summer Sunday season at Rocky Point Park, they are at home producing CDs to sell, with the proceeds going to Share and Hospice, or inviting guests to their home for fundraisers to support artists in Port Moody.

Civic awards

Through our civic awards program, Port Moody Committees recognize deserving people, organizations, and businesses throughout the city. Nominations for 2020 are closed. 

Peter Hulbert Accessibility Award

The Peter Hulbert Accessibility Award honours an individual or group that has contributed to the removal of barriers for individuals with accessibility needs in the City. The award is named after long-time resident Peter Hulbert who was an outspoken advocate for accessibility issues.

Nomination criteria

The Seniors Focus Committee accepts nominations from anyone. The following groups are eligible for the award:

  • Businesses (incorporated or for profit)
  • Community groups and organizations
  • Individuals
  • Educators (teachers, coaches, counsellors, mentors)
  • Government agencies (local and senior government employees and departments)

Past recipients

Review the past recipients of the Peter Hulbert Accessibility Award.

Derek Wilson - 2020

Derek was recognized for his many years of advocating for the accessibility needs of residents in all parts of the city, particularly in Glenayre where he has helped to bring about a number of improvements – such as curb letdowns, sidewalk installations, and street lighting – that have made the neighbourhood more walkable and safe. From 2014 to 2020, Wilson organized and delivered the Handy Helper minor home repair program for clients of the United Way’s Better at Home program, offered through SHARE Family and Community Services. Home repairs completed through this program included the installation of grab bars, hand-held shower heads, and single-handle faucets in bathrooms and kitchens to assist clients with disabilities.

Christine Scott - 2019

Christine Scott, CEO of Kinsight, was recognized for her efforts to leverage Kinsight’s real estate assets and forge new and innovative partnerships with other non-profits, private developers, and municipalities to create shared space in the community where everyone is welcome. A recent example is a partnership between Catalyst Community Developments Society, Inlet United Church, Kinsight, SHARE Family and Community Services, and BC Housing to create a mixed-use project that will include housing options for people with developmental disabilities. There will also be space for a children’s centre that will support families and deliver early intervention programs for children and youth who have, or are at risk of having, developmental delays or disabilities. Scott is known as a collaborative leader who works to create opportunities for neighbours and organizations to welcome all people.

Mossom Creek Hatchery – 2017

In 2017, the Mossom Creek Hatchery received the Accessibility Award for creating and maintaining an accessible space. Mossom Creek Hatchery, managed by the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, was recognized for its new, barrier-free facility, which opened in 2015. The roadway up to the clubhouse and the washroom are now fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

Gabi and Jules Handmade Pies - 2016

Gabi and Jules Handmade Pies received the Accessibility Award in 2016 for creating and maintaining an inclusive work environment. Individuals with autism can gain skills and work experience while being part of a team.

Port Moody Auto and Air - 2015

Port Moody Auto and Air received the Accessibility Award in 2015 for their efforts in community integration and the removal of physical barriers. Specifically they provide excellent customer services for clients with physical disabilities.

Port Moody Station Museum - 2014

The Port Moody Station Museum received the Accessibility Award in 2014 for its efforts to make the facility accessible to all. They removed physical barriers, provided signage and listening stations that accommodate both hearing impaired and visually impaired visitors, offered volunteer opportunities for members of the community with mental health challenges and limited mobility.

Port Moody Arts Centre – 2012

The Port Moody Arts Centre received the Accessibility Award in 2012 for their efforts to promote accessibility. They use an adaptive approach to provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to explore their creativity and develop interpersonal skills in a safe and inclusive environment. For example, they offer a clay workshop for autistic youth and art and drama camps for children with mental health issues, brain injuries, and cognitive disabilities.

The Home Team for the Beaudoin Residence – 2012

The Home Team, a non-profit community outreach of the Cornerstone Seventh Day Adventist Church, received the Accessibility Award in 2012 in for their renovation and reconstruction of Chantal Beaudoin's house. She was left with a physical disability following an accident in 2004. The renovations make her house 100% accessible.

Beadworks – 2009

Beadworks, formerly located in Newport Village, received the Accessibility Award in 2009 for helping break down barriers for people with disabilities. They have hired staff with developmental disabilities and promoted a positive and inclusive work environment.

Community Integration Services Society – 2008

The Community Integration Services Society received the Accessibility Award in 2008 for their program using the Kyle Centre Kitchen. This program provides individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to learn valuable food preparation and administrative skills through participation.

Tracey Bates – 2007

Tracey Bates, owner of Eden West Fine Foods and Gifts, received the Accessibility Award in 2007 for making her store wheelchair accessible.

Debbie Richardson – 2006

Debbie Richardson received the Accessibility Award in 2006 for her work in lobbying to make the washrooms accessible in Rocky Point Park. She also served on the Community Care Committee for a number of years.

St. John the Apostle Anglican Church – 2005

St. John Apostle Anglican Church received the inaugural Accessibility Award in 2005 for their commitment to improving the accessibility of the heritage building.

Arts Award

The Arts Award celebrates an individual, organization or business that significantly contributes and participates in the artistic and cultural scene in Port Moody.


The Arts and Culture Committee accepts nominations from anyone. Nominees should be recognized for the significant or creative contributions through time, talent, leadership or support in the arts that benefit the City of Port Moody.

Past recipients

Review the past recipients of the Port Moody Arts Award.

Brenda Millar - 2020

Brenda was honoured for her vision for, and work on, the Queens Street Plaza Placemaking Project. Queens Street Plaza was an underused area of the city and her vision was to make it a flexible space where people could gather to talk, read, paint, and attend special events. Millar thought the Plaza needed a central art piece and conceived the idea of the canoe planter that is now in place. The canoe was painted by an Indigenous artist and is used to hold flowers that add colour to the Plaza. Millar ensured the community had input and came together to bring the project to life. She also contributed items to fill toy boxes so that children can have a great experience at the Plaza.

Val Simons - 2019

Val Simons was recognized for her many contributions and accomplishments as president of the Port Moody Arts Centre Society from June 2015 to May 2019. Simons led a campaign to double the Society’s endowment funds and successfully renegotiated a five-year operating agreement with the City of Port Moody. She spearheaded a community art project, titled the Unity Project, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, and helped bring the project back in 2018 for Port Moody’s second annual Car-Free Day. Simons has also served terms as a director-at-large for the Port Moody Arts Centre Society and as a member and president of the Blackberry Artists Society.

Jim Millar and Markus Fahrner – 2018

Jim Millar and Markus Fahrner received the Arts Award in 2018 for their commitment to fostering the arts in Port Moody through their many collaborative exhibits, as well as their promotion of the Port Moody Station Museum as an integral part of the City of the Arts. One of their projects was an exhibit titled “As He Saw It,” a collection of wartime sketches by the renowned German typographer Rudolph Koch. Millar is a role model who is dedicated to the Port Moody Station Museum and the community as a whole. Fahrner is a graphic designer who has exhibited his work in Port Moody and Germany.

Dr. Hilary Letwin – 2017

Dr. Hilary Letwin received the Arts Award in 2017 for her work in curating the “Meeting the Moodys” exhibit on display at the Port Moody Station Museum. This exhibit, which included personal letters and photographs, provided an opportunity for visitors to learn about Colonel Richard Clement Moody, who was the first lieutenant governor of the Colony of British Columbia, and his wife, Mary Moody. The Port Moody Heritage Society contracted Letwin to provide curatorial services for the exhibit, which involved selecting the materials to be displayed and preparing the accompanying educational panels.

Gallery Bistro – 2016

Gallery Bistro received the Arts Award in 2016 for providing a presentation venue and meeting space where artists can share their talents and exchange ideas. The bistro has become an artistic and cultural hub in the city. They host musical jam sessions, concert performances, workshops, and art exhibits, as well as regular meetings for a variety of local groups.

Stirling Ward - 2015

Stirling Ward received the Arts Award in 2015 for his work as an internationally renowned photographer. He regularly donates his time, talent, professional services, and equipment to local events and has participated in on a number of local boards and committees.

Port Moody Film Society – 2014

The Port Moody Film Society received the Arts Award in 2014 for fostering filmmaking through a monthly film night, mini-festivals, and indoor and outdoor film screenings every summer. They also donate thousands of dollars of film equipment to the City and operate the Bistro concession on a volunteer basis.

Ann Kitching – 2013

Ann Kitching received the Arts Award in 2013 for her contributions to collaboration and art in the community. She spear-headed the Centennial Wall Hanging that features contributions from over 350 community participants. She has also served as the president of the Port Moody Arts Centre Society, organized the Wearable Art Awards, and was a member of the City's Arts and Culture Task Force and Arts and Culture Committee.

Susan Ius and Richard Dixon – 2012

Susan Ius and Richard Dixon received the Arts Award in 2012 for their work in planning the first Port Moody Youth Arts festival. They created a nurturing environment where young people in our community were able to gain valuable experience in their chosen artistic field.

Helen Daniels - 2011

Helen Daniels received the Arts Award in 2011 for her work with ArtsConnect. Through this project, she creates diverse online resources and a welcoming space for artists. Signature ArtsConnect events like the ArtWalk, ArtistCircle, Golden Brush, and Quick Flick Challenge all benefit from her vision and expertise.

Dan Mattinson – 2010

Dan Mattinson received the Arts Award in 2010 for his work as the Executive Director of the Coastal Sound Music Academy (CSMA). He oversees the budget, programming, fundraising, registration and travel for the group.

George Balzer – 2009

George Balzer received the Arts Award in 2009 for his work with the PCT Summer Sunday Concerts. These free concerts feature local bans and Rocky Point Park every weekend in July and August.

Environmental Award

The Environment Award is given to an individual, community group, business, or school that advances environmental preservation and awareness in the City of Port Moody. We evaluate nominees based on their project in one or more of the following areas:

  • Ecological Initiative
  • Habitat Enhancement
  • Naturescape Principles
  • Volunteerism and Engagement
  • Environmental Education and Outreach
  • Waste Reduction
  • Water Use Reduction

The Port Moody Environmental Protection Committee accepts and reviews nominees. Nominees don't need to be residents of Port Moody.

Past recipients

Review the past recipients of the Port Moody Environmental Award.

Recipients of the Environment Award - 2020

Aniela Guzikowski

Aniela, a 13-year-old student, was honoured for inspiring others through her actions and for raising awareness of important environmental issues. She has been an outstanding volunteer at Mossom Creek Hatchery since she was 10, taking a leadership role in water quality testing, fish husbandry, and visitor orientation. Guzikowski is also an accomplished public speaker who brought a cigarette butt awareness campaign to three municipal councils when she was 11. She also raised awareness of the dangers of cigarette butts through broadcast media and by speaking at large public events including TEDx. At community events, Guzikowski has distributed pocket ashtrays which she was able to fund with a grant from the City.

Carla Scott was recognized for working tirelessly throughout the Tri-Cities to protect bears and educate area residents about the need for improved management of wildlife attractants. She founded the “Port Moody, Tri-Cities Bear Aware” Facebook group, which shares information and tips on how to manage wildlife attractants and help improve the situation for bears in our neighborhoods. Focusing on the proper management of garbage and green waste carts, Scott has distributed countless information pamphlets and shared her knowledge with residents who live in areas with frequent bear activity. She has also volunteered with the Harvest Fruit Rescue group, which helps to reduce attractants by harvesting fruit from trees in our community. This year the group harvested 600 pounds of fruit which went to the Critter Care Wildlife Society.


Kevin Ryan - 2019

Kevin Ryan, president and operations manager for the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, was recognized for his accomplishments related to watershed protection and salmonid enhancement. Ryan has worked to build a solid partnership between the Mossom Creek and Noons Creek hatcheries for the benefit of both organizations. He has brought together municipal, provincial, and federal government representatives and users of Eagle Mountain trails (mountain bike, motorbike, and 4x4 groups) to discuss the impact of unregulated trail use on the environment. Results of these discussions include increased awareness and co-operation by trail users, improved signage on Eagle Mountain, and the closure of problematic trails. Ryan has also been a key participant in the formation of a Salmon in the City program to improve coho-rearing and chum-spawning habitat. This program includes removing invasive plant species and replacing with native vegetation that contributes to watershed health.

Judy Taylor-Atkinson and Jim Atkinson – 2018

Judy Taylor-Atkinson and Jim Atkinson received the Environmental Award in 2018 for their contribution to the stewardship and protection of wildlife in Port Moody, including the beaver family that arrived in the Klahanie Community in 2016, and the Great Blue Heron colony that has taken up residence along the Shoreline Trail. The Atkinsons' advocacy for the beavers contributed to Council's direction to develop a Beaver Management Plan for Port Moody that will prioritize co-existence with beavers whenever possible. The Atkinsons attend numerous stewardship and community outreach events every year, advocating for wildlife protection and restoration within our natural landscape.

Kiyoshi Takahashi – 2017

Kiyoshi Takahashi received the Environmental Award in 2017 for his efforts to protect local bat, purple martin, and owl populations in Port Moody and the Tri-Cities area. As a nationally-recognized bat expert, Takahashi's accomplishments include design, construction, and installation of bat boxes and the provision of technical advice for bat conservation and relocation. He was instrumental in the formation of the Burke Mountain Naturalists Bat Team, which conducts citizen-science-based programs to promote bat conservation through public awareness and education. Takahashi also worked with the Coast Guard to ensure new nest boxes for purple martins were installed during the replacement of old pilings in the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet. Takahashi's restoration efforts contributed to the shift in provincial status of the purple martin from threatened to vulnerable.

Neil Laffra – 2016

Neil Laffra received the Environmental Award in 2016 for his volunteer contribution to the Mossom Creek Hatchery. In his role, he supports environmental education and outreach activities, manages the hatchery operations, and trains new volunteers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, which manages the Mossom Creek Hatchery.

Dr. Elaine Golds – 2015

Dr. Elaine Golds received the Environmental Award in 2015. She is a well-known environmental educator, naturalist, and preservationist who has worked for decades to protect and restore the natural environment in Port Moody and the surrounding region. Her work includes conducting biological inventories and developing educational tours and materials, building community awareness, and providing input to numerous community plans, policies, and practices.

The Seaview Community Elementary School and Seaview Gardeners – 2014

Seaview Community Elementary School and Seaview Gardens received the Environmental Award in 2014 for their work in planting learning gardens at the school. These gardens provide an opportunity for students to learn about growing produce, re-establish connections with food supply, and foster a sense of community ownership and stewardship. They also created a community garden that allows families to participate and grow their own food.

Saskia Vaisey – 2013

Saskia Vaisey received the Environmental Award in 2013 for her working in raising awareness around environmental issues and climate change. She completed a marathon in Botswana to raise awareness about the impact of water shortages. She also cycled to Inuvik in order to raise awareness around climate change and to promote connections between youth.

Rod MacVicar – 2012

Rod MacVicar received the Environmental Award in 2012 for his work in starting the Mossom Creek Hatchery in 1976. He is an outstanding environmental educator and continues to volunteer at the hatchery. He is also a Director of the Reed Point Marine Education Centre and Pacific Wildlife Foundation.

Bill Nicol – 2011

Bill Nicol received the Environmental Award in 2011 for his work as a long-standing volunteer with the Port Moody Ecological Society. He's collected over 60,000 aluminum cans through litter pickup and donations. He also began a bursary program for volunteers at the Mossom Creek Hatchery who are studying earth and ocean sciences at the University of British Columbia.

John Dunn – 2010

John Dunn received the Environmental Award in 2010 for his work as a volunteer at the Mossom Creek Hatchery since 1991. He helped construct the hatchery and ensures its ongoing operation through regular maintenance work.

Ruth Foster – 2009

Ruth Foster received the Environmental Award in 2009 for her work removing invasive plants and restoring natural habitat throughout Port Moody and our parks. She also is a founder of Mossom Creek Hatchery

Heritage Award

The Heritage Award honours an individual, organization, or business that advances heritage conservation in Port Moody through special initiatives or projects that preserve, rehabilitate, restore, and create awareness of a cultural resource.


The City's Heritage Commission accepts and reviews nominations. Nominations must be for work completed in the City of Port Moody and that has not received a Heritage Award. We accept Heritage nominations for:

  • restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive re-use or building maintenance
  • heritage advocacy by a group or individual
  • efforts in community or neighbourhood revitalization
  • educational material, publications or exhibits

Past recipients

Review the past recipients of the Port Moody Heritage Award.

The McLellan family - 2020

The McLellan family was recognized for their efforts to support the Port Moody Heritage Society and the Port Moody Station Museum. The contributions of Kelly, Jeff, Emily, and Madison McLellan include initiating and fundraising for Christmas Lights at the Museum, fundraising for Ioco Ghost Town Day and, most recently during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading online Easter and Mother’s Day celebrations. The McLellan family has dedicated countless hours to the preservation and celebration of Port Moody’s heritage.

Tasha Faye Evans - 2019

Tasha Faye Evans was recognized for her contributions to the community in building and leading educational presentations and programs on Indigenous culture. In 2017 and 2018, Evans led the Welcome Post Project, a series of events that celebrated Coast Salish history and culture through art, song, and storytelling. In 2019, she continued her work by leading the Stakw: Water is Life Project, which celebrated water’s significance in Coast Salish culture and the connection water has to our community and way of life. Evans has also been instrumental in organizing National Indigenous People’s Day celebrations in Port Moody. Through her work, Evans has brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from Port Moody and beyond to share a unique perspective on local history.

Evergreen Line Public Art Liaison Committee – 2018

The Evergreen Line Public Art Liaison Committee received the Heritage Award in 2018 for their incorporation of art into the new Evergreen Line stations. The committee, made up of Helen Daniels, Susan Ius, Gerry Nuttall, Judy Stanley, and Stirling Ward, worked tirelessly with the Evergreen Rapid Transit Project Team to incorporate art into the new stations. When the Evergreen Extension opened in 2016, a total of seven public art pieces had been installed for all to enjoy.

Robert Simons – 2017

Robert Simons received the Heritage Award in 2017 for his contributions to the community as a heritage advocate. As president for four years and as past president, Simons has guided the long-term vision of the Port Moody Heritage Society. He has volunteered countless hours at heritage events, and worked tirelessly to encourage heritage conservation in the city. Simons has played a lead role in the preservation of the Ioco Heritage Conservation Area and the expansion of the Ioco Ghost Town Day Festival.

Golden Spike Can Can Dancers – 2016

The Golden Spike Can Can Dancers received the Heritage Award in 2016 for their advocacy of heritage conservation. They are a non-profit group with more than 30 members, who volunteer their time to perform for a variety of different events and organizations.

The “Trench Squad” – 2015

The “Trench Squad” (Guy Black Markus Fahrner, Alan Fox, John Goheen, Jim Millar, Cary Price, and Sonny Son) received the Heritage Award in 2015 for creating the McKnight Centennial WWI Trench. This exhibit, located at the Port Moody Station Museum, promotes an important part of Canadian history and pays tribute to former city engineer and resident, Augustus McKnight.

David Spence – 2014

David Spence received the Heritage Award in 2014 for his dedication to heritage advocacy. He recently created outstanding representation when he played Colonel Richard Clement Moody to celebrate the City's centennial year.

Jim Millar – 2013

Jim Millar received the Heritage Award in 2013 for his outstanding heritage advocacy in each centennial celebration event. During the event, he took photographs, organized Heritage Week, and developed the Heritage House Tour. He also Recreated the City's 1946 May Day float for the Centennial Parade. Jim was also a key contributor to the Heritage Society's book “Tracks in Time: Port Moody's First 100 Years.”

Fred Soofi – 2012

Fred Soofi received the Heritage Award in 2012 for the restoration of the Judd and Alexander residences. Both heritage buildings were revitalized using authentic building styles and materials, representing sustainable re-use of existing building and complement the heritage character of Moody Centre.

Port Moody Heritage Society and Mary Ann Cooper – 2011

The Port Moody Heritage Society and Mary Ann Cooper received the Heritage Award in 2011 for their heritage advocacy through the Ioca Ghost Town Days. This is a free community event that promotes the city's heritage. It also celebrates the establishment of a Heritage Conservation Area within the former Ioco Townsite.

Glynn Williams-Jones and Isabelle Lepine – 2010

Glynn and Isabelle received the Heritage Award in 2010 for the revitalization of their heritage home at 2710 Henry Street. The home was originally built in 1911 by Charles and Grace Smith. Glynn and Isabelle's efforts help to preserve the local culture and pay tribute to the people that built our community.

Allan and Sarah Wiser – 2009

Sara and Allan Wiser received the Heritage Award in 2009 for their sensitive revitalization of their heritage home. They transformed their 1920s era home by adding a second storey addition with two peaked dormers and a columned from porch in craftsman style.

Brenda and Jim Millar – 2008

Brenda and Jim Millar received the Heritage Award in 2008 for their efforts in heritage advocacy.

Fred Soofi and Mary Anne Cooper – 2007

Fred Soofi received the Heritage Award in 2007 for the heritage restoration of the Appleyard Residence.

Mary Anne Cooper also received the Heritage Award in 2007 for her efforts in heritage advocacy.

Heritage Award recipients - 2006

In 2006, we awarded three Heritage Awards to the following individuals and groups:

  • Ioca United Church (heritage advocacy)
  • Al and Nellie Sholund (heritage advocacy)
  • Randy and Brenda Finmore and Cynthia Gillander (heritage building revitalization)

Port Moody Station Museum – 2005

The Port Moody Station Museum received the Heritage Award in 2005 for the creation of the Heritage Tour and Inlet Trail Brochure.

Heritage Award recipients – 2004

In 2004, we distributed three Heritage Awards to the following individuals an organizations:

  • Port Moody Heritage Society (heritage conservation advocacy)
  • Oliver Schneider (community revitalisation)
  • Jan and Jen Voss (heritage building restoration)

Sports Award

The Sports Award recognizes the exceptional contributions that have furthered the growth, reputation, and/or character of sport through sport administration, coaching, officiating, and participation. The award is annually presented to three people. Starting this year, the three awards will be presented to two adults and one youth between 12-19 years of age. 

Each nominee needs to have two references. You also need to submit items that demonstrate their role in sport, such as:

  • photographs
  • media clips
  • medals
  • jerseys
  • trophies

Nomination criteria

Nominees must fit one of the following categories:

  • significant personal achievement
  • sportsmanship
  • historical contribution/pioneer
  • leadership
  • novelty/unique contribution to sport

Past recipients

Review the previous recipients of the Sports Award:

Sports Award recipients – 2020

Brandon Kirby was honoured for his accomplishments both in the lacrosse box and within the lacrosse community. Kirby played for the Port Moody Thunder Lacrosse Association and was selected to play for the Team BC Box Lacrosse team – this team achieved second place in the 2019 National Tournament. At the age of 12, he was selected to play for the U15 Team BC Field Lacrosse Team at the SandStorm National Tournament; as a result of Kirby’s performance, he was selected for the Evolve World Field Lacrosse team for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. In early 2020, he also began refereeing minor box lacrosse. More than just an exceptional athlete, Kirby works hard to support his team and the broader lacrosse community through sportsmanship, teamwork, refereeing, and the mentorship of fellow young athletes.

John Macdonald was recognized for his accomplishments as a football and rugby player and a coach. Macdonald won a gold medal for rugby at the 1984 BC Summer Games. He also played for the SFU football team from 1984 to 1988, serving as a team captain in his final two seasons. He suited up for the BC Lions in 1989 and 1990 and travelled to Russia to coach football during the 1991 off-season. Although he was offered a spot with the Calgary Stampeders that year, Macdonald returned to SFU to finish his degree and work as an assistant coach. Now a deputy fire chief with Port Coquitlam Fire and Emergency Services, he coaches high school football and minor hockey and volunteers with firefighter charitable programs.

Sharron Tulk was recognized for her leadership as well as her service and commitment to the hockey community. For eight years, Tulk volunteered with the Port Moody Amateur Hockey Association (PMAHA), leading an exceptional team of volunteers as president from 2012 to 2019. Her goals as a leader were to ensure that the PMAHA community is a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible space for athletes, families, and supporters. During her time as president, PMAHA secured partnerships with the Vancouver Canucks Learn to Play and Canadian Tire/Bauer First Shift programs, which ensured that the youngest players had access to free equipment and opportunities for hockey development. These programs also allowed the board to establish a coach-in-training program for U18 players.

Sports Award recipients – 2019

Doug Macdonald

Doug MacDonald was recognized for his achievements in ice hockey. MacDonald was the first Port Moody hockey player to make it into the National Hockey League. He was drafted in 1989 by the Buffalo Sabres, and played 11 games with the team between 1992 and 1995. Since 2014, he’s worked as a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jeff Gombar

Jeff Gombar was recognized for his achievements as a lacrosse player and coach. In 1988, Gombar was a first-round draft pick of the Coquitlam Adanacs and played 13 seasons with various teams in the Western Lacrosse Association. As a member of Team Canada, Gombar competed at world championships in Manchester (1994), Baltimore (1998), and Perth (2002), winning one bronze and two silver medals. He has been a head coach for Simon Fraser University and an assistant coach for Team Canada. Gombar was an assistant head coach for Team Canada’s 2006 Men’s Field Lacrosse Team, inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame after defeating the United States to win their first world title in 28 years.

Katrina Voss

Katrina Voss was recognized for her achievements in alpine skiing. In 2016, competing in the BC Provincial Open Series Under 16 races, Voss earned two silver medals and one bronze. That same year, she won a pair of gold medals in the dual slalom and the single pole slalom race during the Zone Finals at Mount Washington. Voss now competes in FIS (International Ski Federation) events in downhill, slalom, giant slalom, and super giant slalom (super-G).

Sports Award recipients – 2018

Brian Kenny

Brian Kenny was recognized for his contributions to dragon boating in Port Moody and his work with the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. He has volunteered with the Nothin' Dragon Masters team since 2007, coaching both seniors and youth. Kenny became the president of the Nothin' Dragon Masters in 2013. In 2016, the Nothin' Dragon Masters became the new co-benefactors, hosts, and organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. This annual event raises money for the Community Diversity Fund, which provides grants to Tri-Cities individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups working to remove barriers for groups of people identified by the community as being socially or financially marginalized.

Paul Slaymaker and Penny Plamondon

Paul Slaymaker and Penny Plamondon were recognized for their contribution to the community as owners of the Runners' Den in Newport Village. Slaymaker and Plamondon opened the shop to support runners, hikers, and walkers in the Tri-Cities. They lead groups of runners and walkers through training for a variety of distances, from short (five kilometres) to long (marathons). The Runners' Den is all about community, hosting athletic events, offering support to schools, and participating in fundraisers. Plamondon is a Top 10 Ironman athlete, as well as an accomplished marathoner and ultra marathoner. Slaymaker, who is also a marathoner and ultra marathoner, represented Canada at the 100 Kilometre World Championships.

Sport Award recipients – 2017

Julia Budd

Julia Budd was recognized for her athletic achievements as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist (MMA), and for her work as an instructor at the Gibson Mixed Martial Arts School in Port Moody. Budd is currently the number three ranked 145-pound female MMA fighter in the world. She teaches self-defence and mixed martial arts to men, women, and children, and is an inspiration to athletes of all ages.

Johnny Millin

Johnny Millin was recognized for his contribution to the community as a coach, vice president, league coordinator, and volunteer for the Port Moody Soccer Club. Millin started volunteering and coaching when his children were young, and continues to coach and mentor young athletes even though his own children have graduated from the program. For three years in a row, he was instrumental in helping the Boys Under 17 Metro Select League team make it to the Provincial Championships. Millin is a highly-respected member of the BC soccer community.

Sport Award recipients – 2016

Rich Chambers

Rich Chambers' name is synonymous with basketball in British Columbia. For the last 40 years, he has been helping young basketball players build their skills and confidence, both on and off the court. Chambers has coached high school boys' teams to two Provincial Triple-A championships, and the 2016 U15 provincial girls' team to second place at the national championships. Chambers also has several years of university coaching experience, serving as head coach of the UBC men's team, assistant coach of the SFU men's team and the UBC women's and head coach of the University of Victoria women's team. Since 2002, Chambers has been involved with Team Canada, and for the last six years, he has served as head coach of the junior national's team. Chambers has won numerous coaching awards, including BC High School Coach of the Year (in 1985 and 2003), and he is a 2013 inductee into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame. He is currently a head coach for the Centre for Performance with Basketball BC. Locally, Chambers coached at Moody Junior Secondary from 1972 to 1974, and is currently co-running (with Tony Scott and Don Van Os) the True North Basketball Club, which provides development opportunities for Tri-City players aged 9-17.

Perry Solkowski

Perry Solkowski is an award-winning sports broadcaster and public speaker whose focus on amateur sport has had a significant impact on thousands of kids throughout the Tri-Cities and the Lower Mainland. More than 15 years ago, Solkowski started “Perry's Prospects,” his unique look at children involved in sports. This popular television segment told heartwarming stories about children giving their all, making friends, and learning valuable life skills through sport. Solkowski has watched some of his prospects turn into Olympians as part of his broadcasting duties during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2012 Summer Games in London. Solkowski has been a KidSport ambassador for the past 17 years. Through his work with KidSport, Solkowski has hosted more than 400 underprivileged children at two separate super-camps, giving children a day to remember at BC Place and the Richmond Olympic Oval. Solkowski shares KidSport's vision that all kids should have the chance to play organized sports. Closer to home, Solkowski coached his daughter's Port Moody soccer team for five years, and then moved on to coach a boys' team for two years. He also spent three years coaching Tri-City girls' basketball through the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program.

Sports Award recipients – 2015

Wayne Norton

Wayne Norton, also known as “Mr. Port Moody”, grew up and attended school in Port Moody Centre. He and his family have lived on Port Moody's North Shore since 1966. An athletic scholarship took Norton to Spokane's Whitworth College where he was scouted by the New York Yankees. He played for AA and AAA teams including the Vancouver Mounties AAA baseball team owned by Nat Bailey.

Norton transitioned from player to administrator and manager. He was technical director of Baseball BC from the early 1970s into the 80s. During that time, he oversaw the development of training manuals and was national senior team coach, manager, and executive. He managed Team Canada at the 1975 Pan American Games. Wayne created the junior national team and in 1986, along with Pat Gillick, founded the National Baseball Institute.

He has worked as a scout with the Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, and since 2000, with the Seattle Mariners. Twice he was named Canadian Scout of the Year by the Canadian Baseball Network (1998 and 2013) and was the Mariners' International Scout of the Year in 2007. He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Geraldine Donnelly

Geraldine Donnelly, better known as Geri, is a pioneer of Canadian women's soccer. Born in London, England she played street soccer with local boys before her family moved to Port Moody, when she was eight.

Donnelly played youth soccer for Port Moody, at a time when girls' soccer here was in its infancy, before moving onto the Canadian National Team and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Geri was an original member of Canada's women's national soccer team back in 1986. She scored the first two goals in program history, a 2:1 victory over USA on July 9, 1986. She participated in two FIFA Women's World Cups (Sweden 1995 and USA 1999) and won one CONCACAF Championship (1998). She also won Canadian Player of the Year honours in 1996 and 1999. Geri made a total of 71 appearances for the national team, “retiring” in 1999 as Canada's all-time leader in appearances.

She ended her playing career in 2009 after guiding Surrey United to six consecutive provincial titles. Donnelly was named to Canada's all- time women's team in 2012 and was selected as a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014 and was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jay Prentice

Jay Prentice has lived in Port Moody with his family since he was five years old and graduated from Heritage Woods Secondary School. From an early age Jay has always enjoyed and excelled in athletics. He has participated as a Special Olympics athlete since 2007. He began in the Special Olympics playing baseball and now participates in various Winter and Summer Games sports including speed skating, snowshoeing, swimming, basketball, fitness, soccer and track & field.

Jay has represented BC, as well as received medals, at both the Canadian National, Summer and Winter games, in addition he has also received several medals at the BC Games. In Jay's first year of speed skating he qualified for the BC Winter Games, his exceptional results lead him to the 2012 Canadian Winter games in St. Albert, Alberta where he won Bronze, Silver and Gold in 3 Speed Skating events. Jay is an extraordinary athlete and became the fastest male in BC in the 100m and 200m, qualifying him to go to the 2014 Canadian National Summer games where he won Bronze in the 400m event.

Sports Award recipients – 2014

Ryan Johansen

Ryan Johansen grew up in Port Moody playing for the Port Moody Minor Hockey association. He competed from the double-A level through to bantam, and won a peewee provincial championship with the club.

After his first WHL season with the Portland Winterhawks, Johansen was selected fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2013-2014 season, he had a breakout year, scoring 33 goals and 30 assists for a career high of 63 points. He is the third Blue Jacket in franchise history to post 30+ goals in one season. Internationally, Johansen won a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.

Jamie Constable

Jamie Constable is a long time resident of Port Moody and has been involved with many sports as a volunteer. More specifically, she has been involved with Port Moody Lacrosse for well over 20 years.

Even though her children have graduated from minor lacrosse, Constable's commitment to volunteering continues. She has generously dedicated her to time in a number of roles, including the game and practice scheduler, treasurer, equipment manager, fundraising coordinator, tournament coordinator and special event & photo day coordinator. Participants know she's the “go to person” within the association on a wide range of information.

Bob Favelle

Bob Favelle has been involved with Port Moody Soccer for over 16 years as a coach, mentor, and advocate. His long term vision for the club and the sport make him a well-respected member of the soccer community.

Youth who graduate to an adult level of play have already benefitted from Favelle's vision. He has created an adult soccer program that has grown to over 10 teams of male and female players.

In 2006, he organized the Hollywood United Soccer Club vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Alumni fundraising celebrity soccer match. The event proceeds were used to purchase the bleachers that overlook Trasolini Field behind the Recreation Complex.

Port Moody Secondary – Cheer Team

The Port Moody Secondary Cheer program began in 1994 under the guidance of teacher Liz Gigante. The 2002 Port Moody Blues Cheerleading team was the first Canadian squad to win the USA Nationals, held in Anaheim, California.

Following the first USA National win, the 2003 team won the PCA Canadian Nationals, held in Toronto. In 2004, the team headed back to Anaheim for another USA Nationals win.

This elite group has also won a number of regional competitions in the Pacific Northwest each year.


  • Gigante Ulrich, Elizabeth - Coach
  • Powell, Kristy - Assistant Coach
  • Rittinger, Cloe Jade - Captain
  • Wong, Cassie - Co-Captain

Team members:

  • Allard, Dan
  • Boechler, Courtney
  • Brooks, Victoria
  • Chalmers, Lara
  • Choi, Jessica
  • Hird, Heather
  • Jay, Brian
  • Leblond, Jenelle
  • Linden, Alicia
  • Majlath, Kristine
  • Matheson, Marsha
  • McConnell, Heather
  • Morrison, Carolyn
  • Nagy, Jesse
  • Naldoza, Kristine
  • Ono, Jayme
  • Panwar, Jaya
  • Sorochan, Casey
  • Stewart, Fallon
  • Taylor, Sophie
  • Terry, Jenna
  • Terry, Shauna
  • Wong, Ella
  • Woodley, Clarissa

Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson is an Olympian, Canadian Hall of Fame inductee and Order of Canada recipient. She also grew up skating in Port Moody with the Inlet Skating Club.

Wilson and partner Rob McCall dominated ice dancing in Canada, winning seven National Championships between 1982 and 1988. Beginning in 1986, the pair also took home three consecutive bronze medals at the World Championships. At the 1988 Calgary Olympics, Wilson and McCall were the first Canadian ice dance team to win a medal, capturing bronze in front of a home crowd. Wilson has been a figure skating analyst during the winter Olympics for both CBS and NBC since 1992.


COVID-19 Community Service Award

The COVID-19 Community Service Award recognizes an individual, community group, or business that has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve neighbours in need, vulnerable groups, or the community at-large.  


Nominees must:

  • have been a resident of Port Moody at the time of the noted achievement or reason for nomination. If the nominee is not a resident of Port Moody, the noted achievement or reason for nomination should be for the well-being or interest of Port Moody;
  • have demonstrated leadership, dedication, innovation, and creativity during the COVID-19 pandemic in one of the following ways:
    • performed volunteer work, beyond the normal scope of their professional duties, that had a measurable positive impact in our community; or
    • organized or co-ordinated a group of volunteers who performed work that had a measurable positive impact in our community. 

If you would like to nominate someone for the COVID-19 Community Service Award, please complete our nomination form. Nominations for the COVID-19 Community Service Award are accepted all year.  

 COVID-19 Community Service Award Recipients - 2020

Council created the COVID-19 Community Service Award to recognize individuals, community groups, or businesses that have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve neighbours in need, vulnerable groups, or the broader community.

Kost Klip Manufacturing was recognized for donating face shields to organizations in and around our community.

Ken Kuhn was recognized for his efforts to support older residents in our community through the creation of a bi-weekly newsletter called Staying Connected, which includes important resources for those in need of assistance as well as articles to help seniors through the isolation and anxiety caused by COVID-19.

Jeff McLellan was honoured for his many efforts to help the community, such as: organizing multiple fundraising initiatives for SHARE Family and Community Services; offering a story time for kids through Facebook Live; picking up plants for people who did not feel comfortable leaving their house; spearheading a gardening project with Mary Anne Cooper, a recipient of Port Moody’s highest honour, the Freedom of the City award; encouraging people to support local businesses; planning giveaways to encourage people to get creative and show their community spirit; and organizing free ice cream pints for all Port Moody Grade 12 graduates. 

Ladawne Shelstad was recognized for cultivating community spirit and inspiring her neighbours to get creative and come together while staying apart. Shelstad and her daughter decided to cover their garage door with chalk art as a way to lift their spirits. Soon, Shelstad had added chalk art to some of her neighbours’ garage doors and inspired others to do the same. The result was a lane full of creative images with themes of hope and gratitude. Shelstad also put together kits of chalk and art supplies that she offered for sale with the goal of raising money for SHARE Family and Community Services. 

Stellava Ventures was honoured for donating hand sanitizer to organizations in our community.

Spike Business Awards

The Spike Business Awards celebrate the contribution of Port Moody businesses to the community and recognize businesses that impressed residents in a variety of ways.  


Online nominations for the 2020 Spike Business Awards are now closed. Thank you for taking the time to nominate your favourite businesses. We'll be announcing the winners soon!

Each year, nominations are accepted in the following six categories:

  • Arts in Business
  • Business of the Year
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • New Business
  • Young Entrepreneur

The City's Economic Development Committee selects winners.  

 Spike Business Award recipients – 2020

Award categoryWinnerFinalists

Arts in Business

Little Gypsy’s Fine Jewelry, Gifts & Gallery

Rocky Point Ice Cream, The Stitchery Sewing Studio


Business of the Year

Butter Studios

Colwin Electrical Group, Elderberry Floral

Environmental Leadership

SynergyAspen Environmental

LFT Group Brands


Inclusive Excellence

Inlet Community Birth Program

Rock & Roll Driving School, Sugaring Change 


New Business

Bump Physio & Co.

Cocoaro, Olive the Best

Young Entrepreneur

Milena Canta (Vela Academy of Movement)

Justin Levine (Golbey Law), Sydney van Alstyne and Victoria Petriw (Port Moody & Co.)

2020 Winners:

Arts in Business: Little Gypsy’s Fine Jewelry, Gifts & Gallery
Little Gypsy’s Fine Jewelry

Business of the Year: Butter Studios
Business of the Year: Butter Studios

Environmental Leadership: SynergyAspen Environmental

 Environmental Leadership: SynergyAspen Environmental

Young Entrepreneur: Milena Canta (Vela Academy of Movement)

Young Entrepreneur: Milena Canta (Vela Academy of Movement)


Inclusive Excellence: Inlet Community Birth Program
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New Business: Bump Physio & Co.
bump physio

Past recipients

Review past recipients of the Spike Business Awards.

Spike Business Award recipients – 2019

Port Moody residents nominated 83 businesses in six categories for the 2019 Spike Business Awards. Recipients, finalists, and nominees were recognized at the Spike Awards Gala on October 17, 2019. Congratulations to all!

2019 recipients of the Spike Business Awards 

2019 Spike Business Awards winners

Award categoryWinnerFinalists

Arts in Business

Gallery Bistro

Little Gypsy's Fine Jewelry and Sinister Skin


Business of the Year

Redstamp and Rocky Point Ice Cream

Butter Studios


Environmental Leadership

Port Moody Refillery

Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic and Sugaring Change 


Inclusive Excellence

Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies

Little Gypsy's Fine Jewelry and Sugaring Change 


New Business

Build a Biz Kids

Who Let the Dogs Out and Vela Academy of Movement

Young Entrepreneur

Taryn Barker (The Little Butcher)

Adina Diaconu (Westpro Physiotherapy) and Milena Canta (Vela Academy of Movement)

Watch the awards

Couldn't make it to the awards show? You can watch a video of the Spike Business Awards.


Spike Business Award recipients – 2018

In 2018, we received 1,142 nominations for 137 businesses. The Spike Awards Gala took place on October 18, 2018. Congratulations to all of the nominees and recipients.


2018 Spike Award winners


Here are the winners:

2018 Spike Business Awards winners
Award categoryWinnerHonourable mention

Arts in Business

Willow and Wallflower

Little Gypsy's Fine Jewelry

Business Spirit

Satin Laser Spa

Revive Hair and Body Lounge

Customer Service

Healing Cedar Wellness

Sugaring Change

Environmental Leadership

Port Moody Ecological Society

Grow Local Tri-Cities

Home Based Business

Kinder Books


Street Appeal

Pinball Alley Vintage

The Parkside Brewery

Technology and Innovation

A3 Creative Solutions

ProDio Audio Learning

Tourist Destination

Port Moody Station Museum

Rocky Point Ice Cream

Most Nominations

Pinball Alley Vintage


Watch the awards

Couldn't make it to the awards show? You can watch a video of the Spike Business Awards.