Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Awards

These awards recognize outstanding young Albertans who demonstrate leadership and community service, or talent in performing and visual arts.

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The 2024 applications are now open.

The deadline to submit application is June 1, 2024.


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Awards consists of 2 awards – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Medallion and Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts.

Read more about the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Recognition Act

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Medallion

This award honours students who have contributed to their communities through outstanding citizenship, leadership, public service and voluntary endeavour.

Each year, 8 young Albertans receive a medallion and a $7,000 scholarship.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

This award honours talented young Albertan artists who show extraordinary talent and potential and who demonstrate clear educational or training goals. Each year 2 young Albertans receive a medallion and a $7,000 scholarship.


Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Medallion

Only Alberta high school students who receive the Premier's Citizenship Award can be nominated for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medallion.

To be considered for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Medallion, the student must also be enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program for the fall or winter term.

Attributes to consider are outstanding characteristics in:

  • citizenship
  • leadership
  • community service or engagement in volunteer work

The student should have also demonstrated initiative and have had a positive impact in the community or school.

Academic achievement is not a requirement for this award.

How to apply

Once a school has selected their recipient, the school must submit a completed and signed Alberta Citizenship Awards Application form on behalf of the student.

In order for their recipient to be considered for a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Medallion, schools must check the corresponding box on page 4 of the application form and also submit:

  • the Record of Accomplishments Chart
  • 2 letters of reference, no longer than 2 pages each, from:
    • someone who has known the nominee for at least 1 year either through school or through community or volunteer activities
    • someone who knows the nominee well enough to support or elaborate on the nominee's activities and initiatives as outlined in the Record of Accomplishments Chart

Students and school administration should work together to compile and submit these documents.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

Alberta high school students interested in either of these awards must apply directly through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Deadline to apply is March 1 of every year.

2022 recipients

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Award

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    Jonathan Afowork, Edmonton

    Jonathan (a graduate from McNally High School, Edmonton) is currently studying Molecular Biology at Princeton University. He was a founding member of McNally’s Student Activities Union and a member of the Orientation and Cross-Country teams. Jonathan created CoCurriculum, a student guide consolidating information around internships, summer programs, and other opportunities for high school students, assisted with stem cell research, and published an op-ed in the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald about Policy Research on Black Youth in Canadian Education. He tutored his fellow students, designed slides and graphics for the Morning Announcement Committee, was senior editor of the school newspaper, co-founded the Admissions Literacy Club and volunteered for Home Aide.

  • Photo of Sanaa Bhaidani

    Sanaa Bhaidani, Edmonton

    Sanaa (a graduate from Old Scona Academic High School, Edmonton) is currently studying Engineering at the University of Alberta. She is a natural helper and mental health advocate. Sanaa was Old Scona’s grad council co‑president for two years, running events and fundraisers such as a talent show, holiday candy grams and a bottle drove. Sanaa co-founded Lifelong Learners, a program that pairs elementary and junior high students with high school tutors. Sanaa also worked with the Old Scona’s Kiwanis Key Club and the Student Engagement Team. She organized a luncheon for Edmonton’s Ismaili Seniors Society, packed hampers for the Food Bank, and participated in the Youth Advocate in YEG program and the City of Edmonton Youth Council.

  • Photo of Roshni Dwivedi

    Roshni Dwivedi, Edmonton

    Roshni (a graduate from W.P. Wagner High School, Edmonton) is currently studying Neuroscience at the University of Alberta. She was a major part of the Student Warriors Action Team, spearheading campaigns that raised over $2000 for WIN House, donated over 2000 pounds of food to the Food Bank, and delivered 300 care packages to the Stollery Children's Hospital.  Roshni assisted in providing over 150 lunches for the Salvation Army and making over 300 meals for the Mustard Seed. She was a member the Student Senate, Rotary Interact Club, Community Helpers group, and Social Justice Club. As an Army Cadet, Roshni volunteered for the Food Bank, the Legion's poppy sales, and bottle drives, earning her the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence for Community Service.

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    Medina Javer, Calgary

    Medina (a graduate of West Island College, Calgary) is currently studying Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. She was actively involved in the Community in Action, Broadcasting, Roots and Shoots, Poetry in Voice clubs, and the school newspaper. She organized a grade 7 sleepover and a Grade 9 skate day and served as a peer mentor and school ambassador. Medina served lunch at the Salvation Army, set up booths at the Farmer’s Market, and assisted with the Suicide Prevention Run. She played in the Alberta Honours Band and Youth Wind Symphony, participated in the first Global Youth Virtual Leadership Camp. Medina also volunteered for the Calgary Aphasia Center, the Ismaili Volunteer Core, Calgary Youth Central’s Steering Committee, the Food Bank, and the Women’s Shelter.

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    Manorama Joshi, Fort McMurray

    Manorama (a graduate from Westwood Community High School, Fort McMurray) is currently working on her Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) at the University of British Columbia. Manorama was the Marketing Director for Queens in Code, a member of Fort McMurray’s Mayor’s Advisory Youth Council, the SHAD Alumni Network (a STEAM based entrepreneurial leadership program for teens), and Encounters with Canada. She was involved in numerous volunteering events including the Festival of Trees, the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA summer camps, Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta, and the Multicultural Association. During COVID, she created a computer and technology workshop called Getting Techy and hosted a two-week online computer science workshop. Her Automotive SMART Cane for the visually and auditory impaired won bronze at the Canada Wide Science Fair.

  • Photo of Avry Krywolt

    Avry Krywolt, Airdrie

    Avry (a graduate from St Martin de Porres High School, Airdrie) is currently studying Sustainable Energy Engineering at Simon Fraser University. Avry founded the Greenspace Movement, an organization focussed on presenting climate science in grade schools. He was active in Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education, doing in-school presentations, speaking at conference and forums, gathering survey data and acting as a climate advocate. He recorded 29 episodes of his “Innovating a Bright Future” climate podcast and spent 40 hours speaking to city counsellors, school trustees, and school administrators about furthering climate action and education. Avry was head of Social Justice for St Martin de Porres’ Student Council, Team Captain of the senior varsity and Airdrie Hawks U18 club volleyball teams, and class valedictorian.

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    Caroline Lyu, Edmonton

    Caroline (a graduate from Lillian Osborne, Edmonton) is currently studying Life Sciences at the University of Toronto. Caroline contributed to the Edmonton Korean Language School and CASA Mental Health. Caroline helped devise a Millennium STEM Alberta webinar, and was a member of the Model UN Club, and a member of the swim team. Caroline coordinated a letter-writing campaign to show support and gratitude for healthcare workers during the pandemic, co-started a mask sewing initiative and founded a mentorship program. As a second-degree black belt, she co-choreographed, taught other students and performed Tae Kwon Do at several special events including Canada Day, Festival of Trees, Korean Spring Celebration and Skirts-a-fire.

  • Photo of Yuanjie (Bill) Zheng

    Yuanjie (Bill) Zheng, Calgary

    Bill (a graduate from Henry Wise Wood High School, Calgary) is currently studying Nursing at the University of Calgary. While in high school he was a Royal Canadian Air Cadet who participated in ground school, squadron band, and advanced musician summer camps while also teaching and organizing level 1-4 cadets. Bill routinely volunteers for Be the Change YYC and gave speech lessons to elementary students through the Alibid Society. He was a senior leader on the LINK Team, helping new grade 10s adapt to school and spearheading an initiative to give gratitude cards to heath professional workers during COVID. Bill worked with Henry Wise Wood’s International Student Team and was co-president of the STEM Fellowship Club.

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

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    Mark Guerrero, Grande Prairie

    Mark is completing his 2nd last year in the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. During his time in this program, he has also received the Houselighters of the Citadel Theatre Award and the Louise McKinney Award. Prior to training in acting, Mark’s performance experience came largely from opera, including: Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Pig in The Enchanted Pig, and various supporting roles in Die Zauberflöte. Mark is from Grande Prairie, AB and also holds a BA with Distinction in Sociology and a Certificate in Applied Social Science Research from the University of Alberta.

  • Photo of Portia Scabar

    Portia Scabar, High River

    Portia is an emerging artist, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass at the Alberta University of the Arts. She is an interdisciplinary artist who works with many mediums and material processes, including blown glass, fused glass, flameworking, cyanotype, linoleum and block printing, freeform embroidery, sewing, ceramics, and mixed media. Her work dives into the psychology of emotions through the lens of rhizomes and community as a space for healing. A foundation is built in her work through the movement of her body, and how it exists within different places, shaped by the communities that she finds herself within. She aims to build environments which assist in remedial teachings of interconnectedness, adaptability, and embodiment of strength.


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