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The Community Achievement Awards

There are nine sub-categories to the Community Achievement Awards that recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in community life and provide an opportunity to honour Calgary's exceptional citizens.

See eligibility requirements for more criteria.

Category criteria and nomination questions


Arts

Awarded to an individual Calgarian whose artistic accomplishments brought recognition to Calgary or whose volunteer and/or professional involvement contributed to developing a stronger arts community.

  1. Describe:
    • The nominee's artistic accomplishments that brought recognition to Calgary, and/or
    • The nominee's volunteer or professional activities that contributed to developing a stronger arts community in Calgary.
    Include specific projects, the nominee's role and duration of the projects and highlight the activities in 2020. 
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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Citizen of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding individual Calgarian who, within the last five years, has made extraordinary contributions to the community, as a volunteer and/or professional, that improved the quality of life in Calgary or brought recognition to Calgary.

  1. Describe the extraordinary contributions made by the nominee, spanning the previous five years, that have:
    • Resulted in a better quality of life for Calgarians, and/or
    • Brought recognition to Calgary.
    Include specific projects, the nominee's role and duration of the projects and highlight the activities in the last five years.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements on enhancing the quality of life in Calgary and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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Commerce

Awarded to an individual Calgarian or Calgary business for improving business opportunities, making significant community or industry contributions, or bringing recognition to Calgary.

  1. Describe the nominee's business activities that:
    • Improved business opportunities in our city, and/or
    • Made significant community or industry contributions to Calgary, and/or
    • Brought recognition to Calgary.
    Include specific business activities, the nominee's role, and duration of the business activities. Highlight the activities in 2020.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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Community Advocate - Individual

Awarded to an individual Calgarian who has made a significant contribution to the community through their volunteer activities and initiatives. Examples are: involvement with community endeavours, service clubs, community improvement programs, youth programs, or community associations. 

  1. Describe the specific volunteer activities and initiatives that the nominee is involved with that led to a significant contribution to the community. Include the nominee's role and duration of the initiatives and highlight the activities in 2020.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements and how they positively affected the community and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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Community Advocate - Organization

Awarded to a non-government, not-for-profit Calgary organization for outstanding service to the community by implementing, improving, supporting, or assisting a local established project or program that has been operating for a minimum 12 months.

  1. Describe the community service or the project/program that the nominee is involved with that led to a significant contribution to the community. Include specific activities and length of time in operation and highlight the activities in 2020.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements and how they positively affected the community and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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Education

Awarded to an individual Calgarian who has enhanced learning opportunities for Calgarians or brought recognition to Calgary due to outstanding academic achievement in their field.

  1. Describe:
    • The enhanced learning opportunities provided to Calgarians by the nominee, and/or
    • The nominee's outstanding academic achievements in their field that brought recognition to Calgary.
    Include specific projects, the nominee's role and duration of the projects and highlight the activities in 2020.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement

This award is named in honour of the lifetime achievements of Calgarian Dr. Grant MacEwan - writer, environmentalist and politician. City Council created this award to commemorate Dr. MacEwan's 90th birthday in 1992.

The award goes to an individual Calgarian who, over the past 25 years or more, has made significant contributions to the community, as a volunteer and/or professional, that improved the quality of life for citizens or brought recognition to Calgary.

  1. Describe the significant contributions made by the nominee, over the past twenty-five years or more, that have:
    • Resulted in a better quality of life for Calgarians, and​/or
    • Brought recognition to Calgary.
    Include specific projects, the nominee's role and duration of the projects.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements on enhancing the quality of life in Calgary and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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Heritage

Awarded to an individual Calgarian who has made a sustained and extraordinary contribution, as a volunteer and/or professional, to the promotion of awareness and/or preservation of Calgary's heritage or history in the areas of built, non-built, archaeology, culture, education or advocacy.

  1. Describe how the nominee has promoted awareness and/or preserved Calgary's built, non-built, or cultural heritage or history.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

For more information about this award, contact Heritage Calgary at 403‑805‑7084 or calgaryawards@calgary.ca.

Youth

Awarded to an individual Calgarian, 18 years old or younger on December 31, 2020, whose exceptional achievements improved the quality of life in Calgary or brought recognition to Calgary. The focus is on volunteer and community contributions, not academic achievement.

This award is sponsored by University of Calgary.
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  1. Describe the volunteer contributions and/or exceptional achievements of the nominee that:
    • Improved the quality of life in Calgary, and/or
    • Brought recognition to Calgary.
    Include specific projects, the nominee's role and duration of the projects and highlight the activities in 2020.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee's achievements and why you believe the nominee is deserving of this award.

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For more information, call 403-268-8881 or email calgaryawards@calgary.ca.