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Great Kids Award

Nominate an outstanding child or youth who has achieved great things while overcoming life’s challenges.

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The Great Kids Award honours children and youth who inspire and change the lives of others, and help to build stronger communities. These great kids exemplify the qualities of resiliency, leadership, determination and strength, and have often overcome a wide variety of challenges to make a positive impact in our province.

By recognizing and sharing their stories, the Great Kids Award aims to inspire all young people to go above and beyond to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

The Great Kids Award has been in existence since 1999.

2019 Award recipients

On September 15, the Alberta government awarded 16 young people the 2019 Great Kids Award for inspiring and changing the lives of others

Read about the 2019 Great Kids Award recipients. Check out photos from the 2019 awards ceremony.

What Great Kids win

Award winners and their families receive:

  • a night's stay at the Fantasyland Hotel
  • passes to West Edmonton Mall attractions
  • a trophy from Children's Services
  • an invitation to attend the awards ceremony with their own special guests
  • a prize from a corporate sponsor at the ceremony

The ceremony is a closed event. Only the winners, their families and special invited guests are able to attend.

All nominated children receive a letter and certificate in the mail recognizing their efforts.


Eligible nominees

Nominees must be residents of Alberta. Nominators can live outside of Alberta, but the child or youth must have an Alberta address.

16 awards are given to recipients from 4 eligible age groups:

  • ages 5 to 8
  • ages 9 to 12
  • ages 13 to 15
  • ages 16 to 18

Nominators should be from outside the child’s immediate family, but nominations from family members and parents are accepted.

If the child is outside the age range by the nomination deadline, feel free to nominate them next year.

Ineligible nominees

Children cannot nominate themselves.

Pairs or groups of children cannot be nominated.

Children and youth who do not reside in Alberta cannot be nominated.


To connect with the Great Kids Award Team:

Phone: 780-644-2600
Email: [email protected]

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