In 2016, the Heart of Our City Committee commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Heart of Our City Master Plan with a celebratory event. The event, which recognized individuals, businesses and organizations for their outstanding efforts in enhancing our downtown, was well-received. There are still many outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations deserving of special recognition so the Heart of Our City Committee is holding the event again this year.
"We are pleased to recognize the tremendous work that takes place every day in downtown Lethbridge," said Dawn Leite, Heart of the City Committee member and co-chair of the Celebrate Downtown event. "Outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations have invested time, ideas and capital into our downtown to make it more beautiful, livable, exciting, vibrant, accessible and sustainable."
Two new awards have been added this year, and nominations are open from now until March 10th, 2017 and can be submitted the following categories:
- Back in the Day Award – Recognizes a Nominee who has contributed to the preservation of downtown Lethbridge
- Champagne Award – This nominee deserves a toast for all they do as an incredible volunteer and champion for a vibrant downtown.
- Hip Downtown Transformation Award – This nominee is leading a transformation of downtown spaces, business, neighbourhoods, activities and/or events that make Lethbridge's downtown just that much cooler.
- Running with the Bulls Award – This nominee takes on great risks and is not scared to challenge the status quo as they work to create, maintain, support and/or promote an exciting downtown.
- Taking Care of Business Award – This nominee is committed to taking care of the downtown community, its streetscapes and spaces, to build a beautiful downtown – they are not scared to get their hands dirty to get it done and are often an unsung hero.
- From the Heart – Recognizes a Nominee who is a social change agent who is creating an inclusive downtown and is involved in making downtown a welcome place for all
- Downtown Event of The Year – Recognizes a Nominee (event) committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive downtown.
To learn more or to submit a nomination, please visit: www.lethbridge.ca/HeartofOurCity. Award recipients will be honoured at a Celebrate Downtown evening event on May 10, 2017 at Casa.
There is no cost to attend the awards reception, but space will be limited.
Nominations can be made online by clicking the link below: https://celebratedowntownnomination.wufoo.com/forms/r1mac71h0y62s7p/
George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager