Exceptional achievements honoured at 2022 Calgary Awards presentation

Building a great city takes the heart, effort, and vision of multiple individuals, community groups, and organizations.

Tonight, Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Members of Council announced the 12 recipients and one honourable mention of The 2022 Calgary Awards, honouring outstanding achievement in five overall categories:

·       The Community Achievement Awards (Arts, Citizen of the Year, Community Advocate (Individual and Organization), Education, Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement, Heritage, and Youth)

·       The Award for Accessibility

·       The Environment Achievement Award

·       The International Achievement Award, and

·       The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

“Our city is filled with amazing Calgarians pursuing their dreams and dedicating their lives to make our communities better places,” said Mayor Gondek.  “We are proud to celebrate their accomplishments as we honour this year's recipients.”

The 2022 Calgary Awards recipients are:

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


·        Xstine P. Cook

Citizen of the Year

·       Jane Wachowich

Community Advocate – Individual

·       Lanre Ajayi

Community Advocate – Organization

·       Sagesse


·       Dr. Turin Chowdhury

Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement

·       David Este


·       Madisen Hvidberg

Youth (sponsored by University of Calgary )

·       Alexander Greco

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.

·       Accessible Housing for Inclusio

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.

·       Miistakis Institute

·       Honourable mention – Soap for Hope Canada

The International Achievement Award

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

·       Barry Sanders

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.

·       Jaspreet Singh for My Mother, My Translator

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 The City website at

For recipient photos, bios and vignettes and video of the Awards Presentation please visit