Award Programs

Alberta Order of Excellence

This is the highest honour the province can offer a citizen. It is given to outstanding Albertans in recognition of a lifetime of service to their community, province and country. The investiture ceremony is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor who serves as Chancellor of the Order.

Public nominations are accepted.

Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health & Addiction

The Circle was founded by Col. (Ret'd) the Hon. Donald Ethell, whose interest in mental health came from his own experiences with PTSD. The Circle's True Awards are presented each fall to those demonstrating commitment, passion and ingenuity in reducing stigma and improving lives of those affected by mental illness and addiction. The Donald S. Ethell Youth Award is presented twice a year. Public nominations are accepted.

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

Established by the Hon. Lois Hole, the program includes two awards. The Distinguished Artist Award (up to three $30,000 awards) is given every second year to recognize outstanding achievement in the arts. Up to 10 Emerging Artist Awards of $10,000 are presented in the alternate years to encourage promising artists at an early stage of their careers. Public nominations are accepted.

Lieutenant Governor's Leadership for Active Communities Award

Launched in 2008 by the Hon. Norman Kwong, this award program from the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and the Recreation for Life Foundation recognizes individuals and groups who are working to keep their communities healthy and active places to be.  Public nominations are accepted.

Royal Lifesaving Society

The Lieutenant Governor is the Honourary Patron of the Society and presides over the bravery awards held in the fall at Government House in Edmonton.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

This program helps young people develop a sense of responsibility in themselves and their community by expanding their horizons. The Lieutenant Governor is Honourary Chair of the Alberta and NWT Awards Council.

Order of St. John Ambulance Investiture

St. John Ambulance helps Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service. The Order of St. John Investiture and Award Ceremony is held in June of each year. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the ceremony and is Vice-Prior of the Order in Alberta.


Institute of Public Administration of Canada - Lt. Governor's Award

IPAC is a leading Canadian organization dedicated to the theory and practice of public management. The Lieutenant Governor's Award recognizes excellence in public administration in Alberta.