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City of Destiny Awards

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

Mayor Victoria Woodards and the City Council recognized Tacoma’s top volunteers and service providers this year during the 36th annual City of Destiny Awards. The awards ceremony was on June 15, 2022 at 5 PM at the Pantages Theater.

“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.”


Recording and Photos of the 2022 Awards Ceremony Now Available

The event premiered on TV Tacoma on June 24, which is carried on both the Rainier Connect and Comcast Cable systems. It can also be viewed online via the City’s YouTube Channel and Facebook at facebook.com/cityoftacoma


View Event Photos (Sierra Hartman Photography©)


Award Winners


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

Historical SustainabilityGroup or individual dedicated to the promotion of historic preservation and the sustainability of historic landmarks and cultural attractions.

  • Points Northeast Historical Society, Tacoma

Past Years Recipients List

Watch the 2021 video of the event on TV Tacoma

Previous Award Winners’ Photos

View photos from the 2019 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony  (Credit: Matty Photo & Motion)

View photos from the 2018 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony (Credit: Matty Photo & Motion) 

View photos from the 2017 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony (Credit: Matty Photo & Motion)



Since 1987, the City of Tacoma has honored more than 300 outstanding local volunteers through its City of Destiny Awards program.  The City of Destiny Awards program is spearheaded by a City Council appointed City Events and Recognition Committee comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise. This committee develops the City of Destiny Awards nomination tools and selection criteria, selects the City of Destiny Awards winners and plans the annual City of Destiny Awards event.


2022 City of Destiny Awards

June 15, 2022 

5 PM

Pantages Theater

901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA


Contact Information
Kala Dralle
(253) 573-2523
Tacoma Venues & Events
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421