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Spirit of Portland Awards

  • 2016 Spirit of Portland Award Celebration Cake

  • 2016 Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony Song of Honor - Native American Drumming prayer

  • Mayor Hales Street Level Gang Team recieving one of the 2016 awards

  • Spirit of Portland Awards on PCM Portland Community Media broadcasting the Ceremony live

2017 /Spirit of Portland - Click here for a NOMINATION FORM printable version

June 20th, 2017


For Immediate Release


CONTACT:            Marco Mejia, Spirit of Portland Coordinator, 503-823-3093


Call for Nominations:  33rd Annual Spirit of Portland Awards


PORTLAND – Call for nominations for the 33rd Annual Spirit of Portland awards closes Monday, August 28th, 2017. If you know of an individual or group who has helped make Portland a better place to live, work, study or play, please nominate them for one of the 2017 awards.


Celebrated since 1985, the Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony is an important way for the City to recognize and celebrate those who make outstanding contributions to our community. Each year, there are roughly 20 winners.


Award recipients will be chosen based for the following categories:       

Outstanding Individual Leadership Awards

Community Leader of the Year / Young Leader of the Year

City Employee of the Year / Elder Leader of the Year

Outstanding Organization Leadership Awards

Community Group/Organization of the Year / Neighborhood Association of the Year

Business of the Year / Business District Association of the Year

Outstanding Individual or Organization Leadership Awards

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award / Equity in Practice Partnership of the Year / 

Access and Disability Justice Award

/ Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year


Nomination forms are available at or by contacting Marco Mejia, at 503-823-3093 or

The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.


Spirit of Portland Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Neighborhood District Coalition offices, Diversity and Civic Leadership Program partners, Business Associations, non-profit and community organizations, and past award winners.


“As the Commissioner of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement I couldn’t be more excited about the 2017 Spirit of Portland Awards! This annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland’s most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the areas of arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues”.                                                      Chloe Eudaly - Commissioner

Past Winners: 1985 - 2016

Previous winners of the Spirit of Portland Awards from 1985 through 2016

2016 Spirit of Portland Nomination Forms

Nomination forms for 2016 Spirit of Portland awards.

Spirit of Portland 2015 Awardees

Award recipients for 2015 Spirit of Portland awards

2017 Spirit of Portland - Nomination Forms in different languages

Nomination Forms printable versions in Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, Somali