Held every two years, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards are presented to recognize groups and individuals’ efforts to research, promote or preserve Alberta’s diverse history and heritage.
Last night, 16 different winners received Heritage Awards at a ceremony held at the famed Government House in Edmonton. Read more →
Nominations for the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s Heritage Awards 2018 are now open. Help us honour and celebrate the outstanding contributions of Albertans to the promotion and preservation of Alberta’s heritage. This is the 7th biennial Heritage Awards since its reintroduction in 2005.
Awards will be presented in the Heritage Conservation, Heritage Awareness and Outstanding Achievement categories. In addition, the Foundation is proud to introduce the Indigenous Heritage and Youth Heritage Awards this year. Awards will be presented during an awards ceremony on October 12, 2018.
Who are the heritage heroes in your community? Complete your nominations now. Deadline for submission is July 15.
The night of October 14 was filled with pride and honour as award recipients, guests, staff and board members celebrated the biennial Heritage Awards at the historic McDougall Centre in Calgary.
The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation presented the awards in four categories to 14 deserving individuals and organizations in recognition of their accomplishments and contribution to the preservation and promotion of Alberta’s heritage.
Don Hepburn (Red Deer)
Howard Fredeen (Lacombe)
Jean Johnstone (Lethbridge)
Nancy Millar (Calgary)
Honourable mention – Elizabeth and Bill Bullick (Coronation)
Glen Leslie Church Preservation Group (County of Grande Prairie), Glen Leslie Church restoration
Empress and District Historical Society (Empress), Canadian Pacific Railway Station restoration
Crowsnest Heritage Initiative, “Discover Crowsnest Heritage” signage program
Haying in the 30’s Cancer Support Society, “Haying in the 30’s” event
Honourable mention – Bear Lake Canuck Historical Society, “Canuck Classic: The Story of a Treasured One-Room School”
Calling for Nominations for the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation’s (AHRF) 2016 Heritage Awards
Nominations for the AHRF’s biennial Heritage Awards are now open! This is an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, organizations and municipalities who have demonstrated their commitment to preserving, and promoting appreciation of, Alberta’s heritage.
Awards are presented to projects for the Heritage Conservation and Heritage Awareness Awards; to municipalities for the Municipal Heritage Preservation Award; and to individuals for the Outstanding AchievementAward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 AchievementAward.
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