Social Studies Education Student Award

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 judging committee selects one student from each participating school to receive the award.



Taylor Gierl, award recipient from Mount Royal University, and Lieutenant Governor Mitchell at the award presentation at Heritage Park in Calgary on April 28, 2018.

View 2018 presentation photos

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients and runners up:

Brandon Day, Campus St. Jean, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Runner up: Alexandra Daigle

Brett Fawcett, Concordia University, Edmonton. Runner up: Dominic Lodge

Taylor Gierl, Mount Royal University, Calgary. Runners up: Jessica Byrne and Rebecca King.

Devin O'Brien, St. Mary's University, Calgary. Runners up: Diana Jaramillo Martinez and L.J. Pic 

Thank you to the judges for sharing their time and expertise as members of the Calgary and Edmonton judging panels: Gerard Birminham, Jennifer George,  Brooklyn Hamper, Jim Higgs,  Brian Holland, Layla Leard, Chana MacDonald, Jenna Morrish, Gisèle Rheault, Jessica Pidkowa, Genevieve Tannas, Stéphane Van De Walle.






Lieutenant Governor Mitchell presents the award to Caitlin Krieger at Concordia University on May 30, 2017. 

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients and runners up:

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 

Edmonton: Brent Bradford, Linda Collier, Heather Enzie, Jim Higgs, Rob Lennard, Constance Murphy

Breanne Oakie, Maureen Stratton, John Tidswell

Thank you to the judges for sharing your time and expertise. Calgary: Matt Berrigan, Heather Enzie, Jim Higgs, Rob Lennard, Breanne Oakie. Edmonton: Brent Bradford, Linda Collier, Heather Enzie, Jim Higgs, Rob Lennard, Constance Murphy, Breanne Oakie, Maureen Stratton, John Tidswell.