Thursday, August 2, 2012

Calgary roars in recognition of heritage preservation: Announcing the 2012 Lion Award Winners

The City of Calgary and Calgary Heritage Authority recognized 10 award recipients at the 2012 Lion Awards on Wednesday night for their efforts to preserve Calgary’s heritage. The event is held every two years to highlight the importance of heritage preservation in our city and to showcase some of the sites that defined Calgary’s past and contributed to the essence of our city.

“The Lion Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding initiatives that support heritage preservation in Calgary,” says Scott Jolliffe, Chair of the Calgary Heritage Authority. “Tonight’s event showcases the pride that individuals and groups have in our community and the desire they have to help bring our history to life. They are all very deserving of this recognition.”

Over 200 members of the community are planning to attend the awards event, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi.  The event is being hosted at the Calgary Board of Education Headquarters, which is one of Calgary’s most recent examples of how a historic building can be preserved while still meeting a modern need. The new headquarters were built to incorporate the historic Carl Safran Centre – a sandstone school built in 1908 – into a new office tower, earning the Calgary Board of Education the honour of being this year’s Resource Conservation Lion Award recipient.

“The Lions Awaken” – which is the new lighting installed on the Centre Street Bridge – is receiving one of two New Design Lion Awards, with the new SAIT Polytechnic Parking Garage that was built in front of SAIT’s historic Heritage Hall receiving the other.

Other winners include the program to replant the poplar trees along Memorial Drive, the 2010 Chinatown Centenary & Beyond celebration, and a team of tradespeople who helped restore Heritage Park’s Locomotive #2024.The Heritage Canada Foundation and Calgary Heritage Initiative Society are also jointly recognizing the City of Calgary by presenting the City with their National Achievement Award for the restoration of Central Memorial Park.

The Lion Awards are sorted into six different categories that recognize projects and initiatives of any scale.  The award recipients were selected by a jury made up of six distinguished members of the community.

Complete List of 2012 Lion Award Recipients:
Resource Conservation
  • Calgary Board of Education Headquarters
New Design
  • SAIT Polytechnic Parking Garage
  • Centre Street Bridge Lighting – “The Lions Awaken”
  • Memorial Drive Poplar Trees
  • Cultural Landscape Strategic Plan
Community Revitalization
2010 Chinatown Centenary & Beyond

Heritage Tradespeople/Craftspeople
  • Doug Sinclair, Horologist
  • Brian Manning, Gerry Brown, Pat Malcolmson (Locomotive #2024 Rehabilitation)
Advocacy & Awareness
  • Kate Reeves
  • RCMP Veterans Association 
Additional award:
Heritage Canada Foundation National Achievement Award
  • City of Calgary – Restoration of Central Memorial Park
For more information on The Lion Awards, please visit

Jury comments about each recipient can be viewed on The City’s YouTube channel.

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