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Calgary’s Own Jenny Belzberg Wins Award

Last week, we honoured Canadians who had made spectacular contributions to Canada’s cultural life with the Governor General Performing Arts Award.

Among the honorees was Calgary’s own Jenny Belzberg, winner of the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the performing arts.

Created in 1992, by the late Governor General, along with his wife, Gerda Hnatyshyn, this award is given yearly to a Canadian whose work and accomplishments enrich Canada’s cultural life.

Ms. Belzberg has had a lifetime of impact for the arts in Alberta.  She helped found the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation in 2003. This foundation has overseen more than $1.5 million awarded to 100 Alberta Artists.

The performing arts thrive thanks to the major dedication of volunteers, and it is thanks to people like Jenny Belzberg that arts projects can succeed in our communities. We are all richer for that.

Join me in bidding a warm congratulations to Jenny Belzberg on receiving this prestigious recognition.


Jenny Belzberg at her beloved Banff Centre (Photo Credit: Kari Medig)