Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Celebrating Calgary’s Heritage: Nominations now open for the 2012 Lion Awards

From community gardens to regal sandstone restorations, the heritage of our city is as diverse as the Calgarians who call it home.

Initiatives to conserve and celebrate that heritage include work in community gardens and parks; conservation of 100 year-old or mid-century Modern-style buildings; or interpretative projects such as podcasts or signage and displays.

It’s these kinds of initiatives – and the people behind them – that will be honoured and celebrated at the 2012 Lion Awards, taking place Wednesday, August 1.

“On every scale, there are a lot of heritage conservation initiatives happening in Calgary,” says Heritage Planner Clint Robertson.

“Historic conservation is part of good city building and community identity. I'm privileged that my work allows me to work closely with passionate communities to share their communities’ history and stories through heritage initiatives of various sizes and means.”

The Lion Awards recognize citizens and groups who undertake initiatives, of any scale, in support of heritage conservation in Calgary. The City of Calgary’s heritage planners work closely with Calgary Heritage Authority volunteers to organize, promote and host the awards.

In 2010, some of the projects submitted by City business units included Central Memorial Park, the promotion and celebration of Calgary Transit’s centennial book and the Calgary Fire Department’s celebration.

This year’s nomination deadline is June 1, 2012. For more information or for an application, please visit

Onward/ Identify, protect and manage places of historical significance to maintain our heritage and enhance character of our communities. | Municipal Development Plan Goal: Make Calgary an attractive and memorable city by recognizing its unique setting and character.

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