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Celebrate Downtown 2018 Award Nominees

​A total of 42 outstanding organizations, events, businesses and individuals are nominated for the third annual Celebrate Downtown awards. Winners will be announced at an awards event April 11.

Established in 2016 by the Heart of Our City Committee, Celebrate Downtown Awards recognize outstanding efforts in enhancing downtown Lethbridge.

"These outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations have been nominated for awards because they invested time, ideas and capital into our downtown to make it more beautiful, livable, exciting, vibrant, accessible and sustainable," said Dawn Leite, Heart of Our City committee member and co-chairperson of the Celebrate Downtown event.

The Celebrate Downtown 2018 Event is sponsored by the Heart of Our City Committee. Awards will be handed out in the following seven categories:

  • Back in the Day AwardRecognizes a nominee who has contributed to the preservation of downtown Lethbridge history
  • Champagne AwardRecognizes a nominee who deserves a toast for all they do as an incredible volunteer and champion for a vibrant downtown
  • Hip Downtown Transformation AwardRecognizes a nominee who 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 AwardRecognizes a nominee who takes on great risks and is not scared to challenge the status quo in working to create, maintain, support and/or promote an exciting downtown
  • Taking Care of Business AwardRecognizes a nominee who is committed to taking care of the downtown community, including its streetscapes and spaces, to build a beautiful downtown – also recognizes those who are not scared to get their hands dirty to get it done and are often unsung heroes
  • From the Heart AwardRecognizes 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 that contributes to creating a vibrant and inclusive downtown

Award recipients will be announced at the Celebrate Downtown 2018 Event at Casa (230-8 Street South in downtown Lethbridge) on Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but space for attendees is limited to 200 so please register in advance for tickets at: http://celebratedowntown2018.eventbrite.ca/

Questions about the event and registration can answered by contacting: Whitney@pinktieevents.ca.

Media Contact:
George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager
City of Lethbridge
403-320-3926
george.kuhl@lethbridge.ca

 

BACKROUNDER: Celebrate Downtown 2018 Awards Nominees

NOMINEES: BACK IN THE DAY AWARD

  • Hunter Heggie
  • Jean Johnstone
  • Levi Cox
  • Mike Jensen
  • Ted Stilson

NOMINEES: CHAMPAGNE AWARD

  • Clara Piedalue
  • Danielle Ford
  • Devon Hargreaves
  • Helen Schuler Nature Centre
  • Ian Thompson
  • Josee's Hand Made Imports
  • Kate Connolly
  • Random Acts of Kindness First Friday – Volunteer Lethbridge

NOMINEES: HIP DOWNTOWN TRANSFORMATION AWARD 

  • Chad Brandt
  • Glen Fenimore – The Stoketown Café & Cure
  • Lane Anderson - London Road Media
  • Leigh Guerrine – Rocky Mountain Tattoo
  • Patricia Luu - Umami Shop
  • Rock Mountain Tattoo

NOMINEES: RUNNING WITH THE BULLS AWARD 

  • Andrea Sandul – The Port Coworking Space
  • Club Didi
  • Community Futures - Lethbridge Region
  • Jay Whitehead – Club Didi
  • Roy Pogorzelski – Oktoberfest YQL

NOMINEES: TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS AWARD

  • Action Fitness & Conditioning
  • Judi Dormaar
  • Melissa Johnson
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery

 NOMINEES: FROM THE HEART AWARD

  • Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone
  • Himalayas Enterprises – Gita Mishra
  • Kurtis Mueller – Jaded Body Arts
  • Lethbridge Pride Fest Society
  • Levi Cox
  • Loralee Sand-Edwards
  • Miranda Hlady
  • Streets Alive Mission

NOMINEES: DOWNTOWN EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Citizen Walk About - South Region Self Advocacy Network (SRSAN) & Southern Alberta Individualized Planning Association (SAIPA)
  • Downtown Farmers' Market – Lethbridge & District Exhibition
  • Lethbridge Caribbean Carnival – CariBridge
  • Local Immigration Partnership Newcomer Welcome Event – Lethbridge Family Services
  • Oktoberfest YQL 2017– Roy Pogorzelski
  • Shakespeare In The Park – Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society
  • The Word On The Street festival – Lethbridge Public Library
  • Whoop-Up Days Parade – Lethbridge & District Exhibition