Awards Program

The Alberta Museums Association Awards Program recognizes leadership, exceptional work, and innovative thinking contributing to the social, cultural, and educational fabric of Alberta. The Awards Program is grounded in the belief that excellence, innovation, and creativity form the foundation of outstanding museums. 


The AMA is pleased to announce the 2020 Awards recipients.

Lieutenant Governor's Award

Herman Yellow Old Woman

This Award recognizes Herman Yellow Old Woman's instrumental role in championing the rights of Indigenous communities to represent themselves and to have a voice in creating and shaping museum spaces. He was a key member of the committee behind Glenbow's Nitsitapiisinni Gallery, created to reflect the Blackfoot worldview and recognized as the epitome of the reconciliation and healing museums are now striving for. One of his most impactful contributions to the museum sector has been the successful fight for the repatriation of Chief Crowfoot's regalia from The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, UK. Herman has left an indelible mark on not only Alberta's museum sector, but the national and international sector as well.

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Learn more about the Lieutenant Governor's Award here.


Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility 

Lougheed House

This Award recognizes Lougheed House's commitment to creating exciting and unique visitor experiences that tell the lesser-known stories of Calgary and to integrating social responsibility into all aspects of its museum practice. Lougheed House has challenged itself to go beyond the traditional historic house museum to embrace, challenge, and educate the communities around it and evolve alongside them. 

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Learn more about the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility here.


Leadership Awards

Engagement, Harpreet Dhanjal of TELUS Spark

This Award recognizes Harpreet's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in her role as Public Programmer at Calgary's TELUS Spark. Never one to ignore or let slip an opportunity to advocate for those who are underrepresented, Harpreet is exceptional in her ability to engage diverse community members with culture, crafting meaningful visitor experiences that provoke curiosity, reflection, discussion, and interaction, and creating brave spaces for anyone and everyone to learn, play, and engage.

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Education, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

This Award recognizes TELUS World of Science - Edmonton for its work in creating safe and supportive spaces for science learning for girls and women. An all-female team worked across departments to tailor programming at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton to individuals that identify as women in order to address gender gaps and improve accessibility in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning. 

Read the full announcement here

Learn more about the Leadership Awards Program here.



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