HISTORY OF CITIZENS HALL OF FAME
The Citizens Hall of Fame was founded and inspired by members of the WinnipegREALTORS® Association in 1986. Initially the WinnipegREALTORS® Association wanted to host an event that would recognize outstanding individual contributions to the City of Winnipeg. It soon became evident that there was no lack of dinners, banquets, and other events honouring Winnipeg citizens for extraordinary achievements. Such recognition, however, was a fleeting testament to individual effort. The lack of permanent and public facility to honour outstanding Winnipeggers led to the creation of the concept of the Citizens Hall of Fame.
Prior to establishing the Citizens Hall of Fame, the WinnipegREALTORS® Association searched for the existence of similar types of public institutions in Canada and the United States. The research indicated that a Citizens Hall of Fame, as conceived in 1986 and carrying on since that time, would be a unique facility in North America.
With substantial monetary commitment from the WinnipegREALTORS® Association and the cooperation of Mayor W. Norrie and City Council, the Hall of Fame was temporarily located on the second floor of Winnipeg City Hall. It then was relocated to the Assiniboine Riverwalk however problems with flooding and vandalism have forced us to abandon this location. The Citizens Hall of Fame Committee has formalized a permanent site at Assiniboine Park. Each inductee is honoured with a commissioned bronze bust which will be displayed at the Hall of Fame. Sculptors of these busts to date include Leo Mol, Eva Stubbs, Helen Granger-Young, Miguel Joyal, Josef Randa, Madeleine Vrignon and Erin Brown. Biographical information on the inductees, highlighting their achievement and contribution to the quality of life of Winnipeg accompany each bust.
At an annual Civic Reception honoring the new inductees to the Hall of Fame, each inductee receives a specially commissioned bronze medallion designed by Winnipeg sculptor Eva Stubbs. One face of this medallion is characterized in the logo of the Citizens Hall of Fame.
As the first of its kind, the Hall of Fame is a permanent memento to the pursuit and attainment of individual excellence and achievement on behalf of one's community. It is a tourist attraction, repository of local history, a source of education to the Winnipeg community, and lastly, a vehicle for displaying talents of local artists.
Entrance to the Citizens Hall of Fame
Assiniboine Park - Across from the Formal Gardens