• Was given the former biker property on Heron Street and converted it to Evergreen House
  • Evergreen House is safe place for community members to meet , learn and share
  • Adopted Minnesota Park and lead community sports and recreation programs for over a decade
  • Identify community issues and work with city departments to create positive change
  • Working with property standards to remove derelict buildings in area
  • Safe needle disposal boxes with the City and Superior Points-first in Ontario
  • 2011 Inaugural Crime Prevention Award for Outstanding Community Project
  • First neighbourhood association in Thunder Bay
  • 2008 Local Heroes Award from the Canada Urban Institute

Executive Director Bio 

Linda Bruins continues to revitalize our community while keeping her focus on the most-important aspect: the people. The always-smiling Executive Director of Evergreen A United Neighbourhood has built a reputation for working with people of all ages and from all walks of life, moving everyone toward a common vision – strong people living in a healthy and safe community. “I felt overall, we’ve always had a good community, but with safety issues,” Bruins said. “I’ve been aware for a long time, growing up in the Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood, that we need to support one another.”

“Everybody wants to help,” she said.

Growing up in this neighbourhood has shaped the person I am today and I honoured to work in this community for over a decade .

Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, a neighbourhood association serving the Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood, has become a huge success, but it’s not the only initiative Linda has embraced as she works to make Thunder Bay a safer, more-vibrant place to live. She’s also a former  board member at the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise. She has received numerous prestigious accolades for her tireless support of Thunder Bay and its people, including a 2012 Good Citizen Award from the City of Thunder Bay, and a 2012 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism from the Ontario government. Perhaps most importantly, Linda has proven to be a valued and trusted friend and ally to those she works with. One such colleague notes Linda is “always there when we need her, is a great listener, and is kind and supportive to everyone she works with.”

Linda Bruins

Other awards

  • 2008 Local Heroes Award Urban Leadership
  • 2010 Paro Volunteer of the year at the Women of Distinction Awards
  • 2010 Woman of Distinction at the Women of Distinction
  • 2011 Illka T. Ovaska Award for Social Responsibility through the Bay Credit Union
  • 2011 5 year Volunteer Service Awards for Paro Centre for Women’s Enterprise by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • 2012 Outstanding Community Project at the inaugural City of Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Awards
  • 2012 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism (to Linda Bruins)
  • 2012 Good Citizen Award – City of Thunder Bay to Linda Bruins
  • 2014 Community Hero Award to Linda Bruins Mayors Community Safety Awards
  • 2014 Paros top 20 in 20 years award