Celebrating and recognizing outstanding achievements with The Calgary Awards

The Calgary Awards are presented each year by The City of Calgary to recognize deserving individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations. The recipients of the 12 awards highlight the excellence of our community and recognize the significant contributions made by our citizens.

The Calgary Awards is The City’s official citizen recognition program celebrating Calgarians and local organizations for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions to making our city a better place to live.

The list of 2020 Calgary Awards recipients include:

The Community Achievement Awards

The Community Achievement Awards recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in community life and provide an opportunity to honour Calgary's exceptional citizens.

  • Arts – Shelley Youngblut
  • Citizen of the Year – Marichu Antonio
  • Commerce – Breanne Everett
  • Community Advocate – Individual – Aneela Azeem
  • Community Advocate – Organization – Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society
  • Education – Dr. Rahat Zaidi
  • Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement– Dr. John Lacey
  • Youth sponsored by University of Calgary – Curtis Ruttle

The Award for Accessibility

The Award for Accessibility recognizes buildings or facilities in Calgary that exceed the minimum requirements of Section 3.8, "Accessibility" of the National Building Code, Alberta edition, for accessibility by persons with disabilities.

  • Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, YMCA Calgary

The Environmental Achievement Award

The Environmental Achievement Award recognizes leadership, innovation, and action in environmental stewardship that reduces the impact on and/or restores our city's natural environment. Contributions may include: application of advanced technology; climate resilience; conservation and efficiency; local volunteer-driven initiatives; and public education.

  • WILD Outside Program, Canadian Wildlife Federation

The International Achievement Award

The International Achievement Award recognizes an exceptional Calgarian whose volunteer and/or professional activities have gained international acclaim and brought recognition to Calgary.

  • Dr. Aamir Jamal

The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

Recognizes literary achievement by a Calgary author for an outstanding book of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children's literature or drama published in the preceding year.

  • Alexandra Latos, Under Shifting Stars

In 1994, The City of Calgary established the Calgary Awards to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians. Each year, individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations are nominated in five major award categories. The City of Calgary encourages all Calgarians to look to their neighbours, colleagues, community leaders and local organizations and businesses for those who could qualify as recipients of the Calgary Awards. For more information visit

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