Centre Street Lion
Alison Jackson Photography Collection, AJ 1254
I have been fortunate to be involved with the Calgary Heritage Round Table, an umbrella group for organizations and individuals passionate about Calgary and its heritage. The enthusiasm and growing attendance at meetings such as these shows the increasing interest in heritage issues in Calgary. I see this interest too, not just in "old" buildings but a desire to capture and preserve the stories of its people reflected on a daily basis here at Calgary Public Library through the customers who visit our Community Heritage and Family History collection.
Are you one of these impassioned individuals concerned about Calgary's heritage or do you know of an outstanding person or organization who is making a difference? Here's an opportunity to support heritage conservation by recognizing citizens and groups who have undertaken initiatives, of any scale in Calgary. The Calgary Lion Awards, is your chance to recognize them publicly. As it says on the Lion Awards website " Historic preservation is part of good city building and community identity. Historic resources serve to enhance our perspective, understanding and awareness of our past and help us build a sense of identity and pride in our local communities." Show your pride in taking the time to nominate outstanding individuals or groups. Awards will be given in the following areas: Building Restoration, New Building Design, Community Revitalization, Landscape, Advocacy and Awareness, and Heritage Trades People/Craft People.
For more information, go to the City of Calgary website http://calgary.ca/lionawards The nomination deadline is Wednesday May 28. 2010 and the awards will be presented July 28, 2010 at The Water Centre, 625 25 Ave S.E.
Want to know more about the iconic Centre Street lions? Check out this wonderful Alison Jackson photograph and some background information on the bridge and lions from our Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library: