Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Now accepting applications for the 2018 Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards

With support from The City of Calgary, the Calgary Heritage Authority (CHA) has been hosting the biannual Lion Awards since 2006. The Lion Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have undertaken initiatives, of any scale, in support of heritage conservation in Calgary.

In 2016, winners included the Alberta Champions Society, Historic Calgary Week, Andrew Guilbert, the Cliff-Bungalow – Mission History Book, Equinox Vigil in Calgary’s Historic Union Cemetery, the 1875 Fort Calgary Interpretive Exhibit, Hunt House, Simmons Building, and the Somerville Duplex. Lorne Simpson was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on over 300 historic site projects in Calgary and southern Alberta.

Recognizing Calgary’s heritage and history is not just about preserving the past. Maintaining a link to our past, and understanding those links, ensures we have complete communities in the future. The stories we tell reflect our values -- who we are and who we aspire to be.

“Heritage is a stewardship,” said Andrew Guilbert, a writer and journalist who was honoured with an Advocacy and Awareness Award for his work with Avenue Calgary, which has raised awareness of Calgary’s local heritage.

“It's something we get to enjoy because our predecessors knew its value, and it’s our responsibility to understand and share why that inheritance must be passed on after we're gone. To be recognized as one of the many people who understand that responsibility was a great honour, and gave me a sense of connection to something larger than myself.”

Heritage in Calgary is represented from the downtown core and beyond to surrounding communities, and the size and scale of eligible projects varies. Communities, groups, organizations, and individuals are eligible to apply.

This year, the CHA will be recognizing one winner from each category. There are five award categories:

Resource Conservation
Community Vitalization
Advocacy and Awareness
Heritage Trades and Crafts

Do you know of a project, person or group that is deserving of recognition? Please review the full application instructions and submit by May 3, 2018 at 4 p.m. To apply, please visit:
The 2018 CHA Lion Awards will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Palace Theatre. Get your tickets now!

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