Heritage Awards

Nominate someone for a Heritage Awards

Alberta Historical Resources FoundationThe Alberta Historical Resources Foundation presents Heritage Awards biennially to individuals, organizations and municipalities to recognise those who have protected, preserved or promoted Alberta’s heritage. The Foundation will be accepting nominations for the 2014 Heritage Awards until July 15.

Nominating a person or a group for a Heritage Award is your opportunity to help honour those Albertans whose commitment to preserving our province’s heritage must be recognised. Self-nominations are also accepted. Awards will be presented on October 16th, in conjunction with the annual Municipal Heritage Forum.

Minister of Culture, Heather Klimchuk, together with 2012 Heritage Award Winners

Minister of Culture, Heather Klimchuk, pictured together with 2012 Heritage Award Winners

The Heritage Conservation Award recognises excellent work in conserving a historic resource. The Heritage Awareness Award recognizes research or publications that enhances public understanding of Alberta’s heritage. The Municipal Heritage Preservation Award honours outstanding work by municipalities to identify, evaluate, protect or conserve locally significant historic resources. The Outstanding Achievement Award honours those extraordinary Albertans whose leadership has conserved historic resource or promoted a greater appreciation and understanding of our province’s heritage.

You can download a copy of the guidelines and nomination form from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s website. If you have any questions, please contact Carina Naranjilla, the Program Coordinator, at 780-431-2305 (toll-free by first dialling at 310-0000) or at carina.naranjilla@gov.ab.ca.

Written by: Carina Naranjilla, Grant Program Coordinator, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

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Long live heritage!

Presentation of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards (November 30, 2012)

“It’s very important to remember that heritage preservation is much more than paying tribute to our past, it is about building strong communities for our future …”  This was one of the key messages of Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture, as she paid tribute to the accomplishments of eight recipients of the 2012 Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) Heritage Awards.

On the evening of November 30th, the historic McKay Avenue School in Edmonton was bustling with excitement, pride and nostalgia as Minister Klimchuk joined AHRF board, staff and guests in celebrating the achievements of heritage community members.

Honourable Heather Klimchuk presenting Dr. Carolee Pollock with plaque at the 2012 AHRF Heritage Awards.

Honourable Heather Klimchuk presenting Dr. Carolee Pollock with a plaque at the 2012 AHRF Heritage Awards.

In keeping with the theme of honouring excellence, the Minister first presented a plaque to Dr. Carolee Pollock in recognition of her nine years of service with AHRF as board member (since 2004) and Chair (since 2009).  As the night unfolded, Dr. Pollock then proceeded with the presentations of the AHRF heritage awards. Board member Joe Friedel graciously handed out the plaques.

Delegates from the communities of High River and St. Albert gathered to celebrate their successful conservation efforts, which earned them Heritage Conservation awards. These were presented to the Town of High River for excellence in the conservation of the Canadian Pacific Railway Station and the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert for outstanding achievement in the conservation of their two grain elevators (the Alberta Grain Company Grain Elevator and the Alberta Wheat Pool Grain Elevator).

From L to R: Kermith Anderson; Lawrence Henderson, President, Lacombe & District Historical Society; Jamie Kinghorn, Councillor, Town of High River; Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture; Steve Christie, Mayor, City of Lacombe; Jack Manson; Trisha Carleton (receiving award for her mom, Judy Ann Carleton); Ann Ramsden, Arts & Heritage Foundation of St. Albert; Dr. Alan Murdock, Chair, Arts & Heritage Foundation of St. Albert; Dr. Carolee Pollock, AHRF Chair. Missing: Cathering C. Cole.

From L to R: Kermith Anderson; Lawrence Henderson, President, Lacombe & District Historical Society; Jamie Kinghorn, Councillor, Town of High River; Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture; Steve Christie, Mayor, City of Lacombe; Jack Manson; Trisha Carleton (receiving award for her mother, Judy Ann Carleton); Ann Ramsden, Arts & Heritage Foundation of St. Albert; Dr. Alan Murdock, Chair, Arts & Heritage Foundation of St. Albert; Dr. Carolee Pollock, AHRF Chair. Missing: Catherine Cole.

The community of Lacombe was beaming with pride as they took home two plaques this year:  a Heritage Conservation award went to the Lacombe and District Historical Society for their commitment to the conservation of the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop and the Municipal Heritage Preservation award went to the City of Lacombe for their successful multi-phased Heritage Management Program.

AHRF was also honored to recognize Catherine Cole with a Heritage Awareness award for her excellent work on Piece by Piece: the GWG Story.

Last but not the least, the stories of Outstanding Achievement award recipients filled the evening with fond memories of family life and dedication to conserving their community’s heritage.  The Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to Kermith Anderson of Scandia, Judith Ann Carleton of Blackfalds and Jack Manson of the Mulhurst area.

It is through the tireless efforts of these heritage community members that we and others continue to enjoy Alberta’s rich heritage.

On behalf of the AHRF board and staff of Alberta Culture, congratulations to all award recipients!

Additional information on award recipients as well as photographs, audio clips and videos of the awards ceremony are available at Alberta Culture’s newsroom.

Written by: Carina Naranjilla, Grant Program Coordinator

Nomination Deadline for AHRF Heritage Awards 2012: Extended to June 30

Deadline Extended: June 30, 2012

As part of its ongoing efforts to honour local contributions in the protection, preservation and promotion of Alberta’s heritage, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation is seeking nominations for the Heritage Awards 2012.

Deadline for nominations has been extended to June 30.  The awards ceremony will take place on November 30th.

The Heritage Awards Program provides an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, organizations, corporations and municipalities who have demonstrated their commitment in preserving our province’s heritage.  Awards are presented as follows: to projects for the Heritage Conservation and Heritage Awareness Awards; to municipalities for the Municipal Heritage Preservation Award; and to individuals for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Conserving Alberta’s heritage benefits all of us, but it is often the actions of individuals and communities that drive these efforts forward.  If you know of an exceptional building conservation project, a heritage awareness initiative, a municipality or individual in your community, this is your chance to have them recognized.

For a copy of the guidelines and nomination form, click here or contact me at 780-431-2305.

Written by: Carina Naranjilla, Grant Program Coordinator

REMINDER: Submit Nominations for the AHRF Heritage Awards

Deadline: June 1, 2012

As part of its ongoing efforts to honour local contributions in the protection, preservation and promotion of Alberta’s heritage, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation is seeking nominations for the Heritage Awards 2012.

The Heritage Awards Program provides an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, organizations, corporations and municipalities who have demonstrated their commitment in preserving our province’s heritage.  Awards are presented as follows: to projects for the Heritage Conservation and Heritage Awareness Awards; to municipalities for the Municipal Heritage Preservation Award; and to individuals for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Conserving Alberta’s heritage benefits all of us, but it is often the actions of individuals and communities that drive these efforts forward.  If you know of an exceptional building conservation project, a heritage awareness initiative, a municipality or individual in your community, this is your chance to have them recognized.

The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1st.  The awards ceremony will take place in November.

For a copy of the guidelines and nomination form, click here or contact me at 780-431-2305.

Written by: Carina Naranjilla, Grant Program Coordinator

Nominations Invited: Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership

Since 2000, the Heritage Canada Foundation has recognized municipalities that have demonstrated leadership in conserving Canada’s historic places with the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership. Recently the Foundation announced that this year’s deadline for nominations for the Prize has been extended to May 31st.

Mayor Mandel and the Prince of Wales

Previous recipients include municipalities across Canada, including the City of Edmonton, the only Alberta municipality to ever be awarded the Prize (awarded in 2009).

From the Heritage Canada Foundation’s website:

In keeping with His Royal Highness’ commitment to architecture, the environment, and inner-city renewal, The Prince of Wales agreed to lend his title to the creation in 1999 of a prize to be awarded annually to the government of a municipality which has demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places. The local government must have a record of supporting heritage preservation through such means as regulation, policies, funding and exemplary stewardship. The nomination must provide evidence that heritage properties in the given municipality have improved over a period of time.

The award consists of a metal plaque and a scroll, as well as a flag or pennant to be flown outside the winning municipality’s headquarters and/or placed on permanent display. The Prince of Wales Prize logo must be displayed on the homepage of the municipality’s website.

Communities interested in making nomination for the Prince of Wales Prize may do so by following the “Eligibility Criteria and Nomination Procedures” established by the Heritage Canada Foundation.

Written by: Matthew Francis, Manager of Municipal Heritage Services