Alberta youth recognized with Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards

July 23, 2019

Left to right: Garrett Gerrard, Arzina Jaffer, Hope Roberts, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell, Andrew LI, Kassidy Gerhardi and Sydney Hucal.

Lieutenant Governor Lois E. Mitchell honoured young advocates, scientists, artists and volunteers at the Queen’s Jubilee awards ceremony. The Lieutenant Governor and Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, presented recipients with the 2018 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship medals at Government House.

The Citizenship Medal recognizes students for their outstanding citizenship, leadership, community service and volunteerism. Along with a medal, each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship to further their personal development, as they become Alberta’s future leaders.

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“This year’s medal recipients share a sense of compassion and dedication to community service, combined with a tireless spirit of adventure and innovation. They have made great use of these gifts to date and I trust that they will continue to give back as they build their careers.” Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell

“These young people are committed to excellence in everything they do, from scientific research and artistic practice to humanitarian work and charity. I am proud to support them as they pursue their goals and strive to make their communities a better place for all Albertans.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal recipients

  • Kassidy Gerhardi from Cochrane
  • Garrett Gerrard from St. Albert
  • Sydney Hucal from Red Deer
  • Arzina Jaffer from Okotoks
  • Fajar Khan from Fort McMurray*
  • Andrew Li from Edmonton
  • Hope Roberts from Turner Valley
  • Tim Zekai Wu from Calgary*

*Unable to attend ceremony.

Recipient bios

The awards program also includes the Scholarship for Performing Arts, which honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential in the arts. This year's recipient is Gabrielle Couillard-Després from Edmonton. She was unable to attend the ceremony in Edmonton as she is taking part in the Aspen Music Festival and School.

About the Awards

This Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award was established in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. Since then, 127 young people have received the citizenship award and 34 have received the arts award, including the recipients of the 2018 award.

A selection committee chooses recipients of the citizenship award from the Alberta high school students who received the Premier’s Citizenship Award that year. Students can apply for the arts scholarship through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.