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Celebrate Downtown Award Nominations Open

Annually, since 2016, the Heart of Our City Committee has sponsored an event which recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations for their outstanding efforts in enhancing our Downtown. This well-received event continues to celebrate the many outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations deserving of special recognition in our Downtown.

"It's really kind of hard to be a suburb of nothing. If you don't have a downtown, you really don't have anything. It's hard to build a community around parking lots and subdivisions."
-Ed McMahon

"We are pleased to recognize the tremendous work that takes place every day in Downtown Lethbridge," said Dawn Leite, Heart of Our 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."

Nominations are open from now until Feb. 28, 2018 and can be submitted for the following categories:

  • Back in the Day Award – This nominee significantly contributes to the preservation of Downtown history.
  • 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 Award – This nominee is a social change agent who is creating an inclusive Downtown. They are involved in making downtown a welcome place for all.
  • Downtown Event of The Year – This nominee event contributed to creating a lively and inclusive Downtown.

Nominations can be submitted online at:

Award recipients will be honoured at a Celebrate Downtown evening event on April 11, 2018 at Casa. There is no cost to attend the awards reception, but space will be limited.

To learn more about this year's event, our sponsors, and last year's nominees, please visit:

Media Contact:
George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager
City of Lethbridge