The Lieutenant Governor's Social Studies Education Student Award was created in 2017 to recognize Alberta's post-secondary students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree and who demonstrate the academic aptitude and passion to lead their students in a lifelong discovery of history and heritage.
This flows from Lieutenant Governor Mitchell's dedication to and love of history education. The award itself is an owl in crystal, representing knowledge and positive change in the world.
Recipients are selected from a list of nominees provided by their Faculty. Each nominee is invited by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to prepare a presentation on the Alberta or Canadian history topic of their choosing and present their work to a committee of educators. The committee selects one student from each participating school to receive the award.
In its inaugural year, the award was presented at four Alberta institutions. Plans are underway to expand the award to additional post-secondary schools in the coming years.
Aldo Bruccoleri, 2017 recipient, Burman University in Lacombe
Caitlin Krieger, 2017 recipient, Concordia University in Edmonton
Layla Leard, 2017 recipient Mount Royal University in Calgary
Brooklyn Hamper, 2017 recipient, St. Mary’s University in Calgary