Bob Bak Receives Ward 5 Civic Hero Award for Community Involvement

City of Vaughan

Ward 5 resident Bob Bak was presented with the Civic Hero Award today in Vaughan Council Chambers for his community involvement.

“The City of Vaughan takes pride in being a diverse community that is inclusive, one that promotes community involvement at every level and welcomes residents who are active participants in civic life,” said Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “Mr. Bak exemplifies the resident who believes in the value of public service. As an active member of our community he is most deserving of this award as he has helped to make Vaughan the strong community it is today.”
The award recognizes residents whose actions are outstanding examples of civic commitment. Mr. Bak has been a Vaughan resident since 1987 and is a proponent of community involvement. He was involved in the founding and leadership of the Promenade West Ratepayers’ Association, a member of the City of Vaughan’s Race Relations and Diversity Committee and is a strong advocate for the Korean Community in Vaughan.
“Bob Bak has never hesitated to use his boundless energy, enthusiasm and interest in the larger community to promote and lead on issues that contribute to the betterment of his Ward and the City of Vaughan,” said Ward 5 Councillor Alan Shefman. “Without a doubt, one of his most significant achievements was the implementation of the International Languages Program in York Region in 1988. Today that program, run by the York Region District School Board, has approximately 13,000 students enrolled.”


The Civic Hero Award is presented annually to one resident from each of the five local wards of Vaughan. The Awards recognize outstanding achievement and individual contributions to the community.