Monday, January 11, 2010

Calgary Awards – The City’s citizen recognition program celebrates Calgarians

The City of Calgary’s Calgary Awards is one of the largest citizen recognition programs in the city. Established in 1994, the program was created to “celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians.”

“It’s something special,” said Roger Jackson of being nominated in 2007, “because it’s from the heart of the community.”

Jackson received the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to sports development in Calgary, Canada and internationally.

A gold medalist rower at the 1964 Olympic Games, Jackson continues to be involved as Chief Executive Officer of Own the Podium 2010, an initiative to improve performance at the Olympic Games.

According to his nominators at the Organizing Committee Calgary (OCC), Jackson is an outstanding Calgarian and “a tremendous asset to Calgary.”

Janet Crosby-Kerr, Citizen Recognitions and Protocol Advisor, says the 17 awards showcase The City’s priorities of community, the environment, accessibility, and arts and culture.

“These categories directly impact the quality of life of Calgarians. Efforts in these areas should be celebrated,” says Crosby-Kerr.

Nine Community Achievement awards are devoted to citizens whose contributions have improved the quality of community life in Calgary through art, commerce, volunteerism or education. The Award for Accessibility is awarded for buildings or facilities that exceed minimum building requirements for accessibility by persons with disabilities. Five Environmental Achievement awards recognize local efforts to protect and promote Calgary’s natural environment through technological advancements, education and stewardship. The Signature Award is presented to an individual whose personal and/or professional activities have brought significant recognition to Calgary. And finally, The City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize is awarded for a literary achievement by a Calgary author.

The deadline for nominations is March 5, 2010 except for the Book Prize, which closed on Dec. 31, 2009. The City encourages Calgarians to look to their community for those who could qualify as recipients. Eligibility requirements vary among categories. Visit for more information.

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