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2022 City of Destiny Award Winners

City Events and Recognitions Committee Announces 2022 City of Destiny Award Winners


March 22, 2022



Tammi Bryant, Tacoma Venues & Events, tbryant@tacomavenues.org, (253) 257-5540

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, sellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


City Events and Recognitions Committee Announces 2022 City of Destiny Award Winners


Mayor Victoria Woodards and the City Council will recognize Tacoma’s top volunteers and service providers this year during the 36th annual City of Destiny Awards. Location, date, and time to be announced.


“These awards recognize active examples of compassion in action,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Each recipient’s dedication to service showcases how we all have the power to impact the lives of our friends, families, and neighbors and make Tacoma a more connected, resilient, and caring community.”


The City’s Events and Recognitions Committee Chair, Jessica Johnston, said of the selection process, “We are filled with honor and amazement as we read the nomination submissions. Tacoma has so many generous people who make us proud to live and serve in this city.”


The 2022 City of Destiny Award recipients are:


Adult Leadership: An individual that inspires others to help meet a need in the community.

  • Virginia Basher – Tacoma Safe


Youth Development: An individual who has dedicated his or her life to helping children reach their highest potential.

  • Robert Joyce – Peoples Community Center, Hilltop


Youth Leadership: An individual up to 18 years of age that inspires others to help meet a need in the community.

  • Isha Hussein & Heaven Galvan – Mayor’s Youth Commission, Justice and Safety Committee


Group: Teamwork on a project that benefits the community.

  • Downtown Tacoma Partnership – Safety & Clean Team


Environmental Sustainability: Individual or group of all ages dedicated to improving, conserving, or protecting the natural environment.

  • Celeste Ets-Hokin – Alling Park, South Tacoma


Disability Advocate: Professional: Individual professional dedicated to increasing accessibility to services such as employment, health, housing, civics, culture, recreation, facilities, and/or programs for people with disabilities.

  • Travis Pope – Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (TUPAC)


Economic Development: Group or individual dedicated to improving, encouraging, and promoting sustainable economic development for under-represented communities.

  • Shawn Durnen – NineLine Veteran Services


Equity & Empowerment: Group or individual dedicated to the promotion of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion ensuring all have access to resources and opportunities, with specific focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

  • SWISH Basketball – Youth Development League, Tacoma


For more information, including a list of previous years’ awardees, visit cityoftacoma.org/DestinyAwards.





About the City of Destiny Awards Program

Since 1987, the City has honored over 300 outstanding local volunteers through its City of Destiny Awards. This program is spearheaded by a City Council-appointed City Events and Recognitions Committee, comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise. This committee develops the awards nomination tools and selection criteria selects the award winners and plans the annual event. For more information on the City Events and Recognitions Committee, visit cityoftacoma.org.