Overview

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Recognition Act has changed the name of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Awards to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Awards

Read more about the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Recognition Act

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship 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.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Scholarship for Performing Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the performing arts. Each year, 1 young Albertan receives a medallion and a $7,000 scholarship.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the visual arts. Each year, 1 young Albertan receives a medallion and a $7,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Award

Alberta high school students who received the Premier's Citizenship Award are automatically nominated for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medallion.

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

Application process

Alberta high schools can each select 1 recipient for the Premier's Citizenship Award. Students may wish to contact their school administration to be considered for nomination.

To select a recipient, schools must submit a completed and signed Alberta Citizenship Awards Application form.

To be considered for a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Medallion, schools must also submit:

  • Record of Accomplishments Chart (PDF, 75 KB)
  • 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 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.

The deadline for schools to submit nominations is June 1 of every year.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

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

2021 recipients

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award

 

  • Annika Kruger

    Annika Kruger

    Annika (a graduate from Rundle College Sr. High Calgary) is currently studying Commerce at the University of British Columbia. While in high school she worked to promote diversity and led multiple initiatives supporting many important causes. Annika has spent many hours volunteering at local organizations such as Stephen's Backpacks, the Mustard Seed, and the Veteran's Food Bank of Calgary. Annika tutored grade 7 students, advocated for SMART Grad activities, participated in the Ascent Student Leader Program, and was co-president of her school’s peer support group. She participated in the Shad Valley Canada program where she and her team designed an experiment to explore the effects of microgravity on the human body. Outside of school, Annika works with a Syrian refugee family volunteers at Between Friends Camp Bonaventure.

  • Asha Nenshi Nathoo

    Asha Nenshi Nathoo

    Asha (a graduate from Sir Winston Churchill High School, Calgary) is currently studying Political Science and Communications at the University of Calgary. Asha expresses her passion for equality and social justice as a blogger, community journalist and member of the Alberta Debate and Speech Association. She was a member of the Education Minister’s Youth Council, chaired the Youth Caucus for the Calgary Women’s March Taking Strides Event, co-coordinated the Youth Central Anti-Racism Initiative, and co-founded the Youth Leaders in Law Conference. Asha presented her original slam poem at the Calgary Women’s International March and was the keynote speaker at the Canadian Mental Health Association Youth Summit. She received a Calgary Youth of Distinction Award for Volunteerism, numerous school leadership awards, and the University of Calgary Chancellor’s Scholarship.

  • Azaad Gill

    Azaad Gill

    Azaad (a graduate from John G. Diefenbaker High School, Calgary) is enrolled at the University of Western Ontario where he is working towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business. The recipient of a City of Calgary Youth Community Achievement Award; his many extracurricular activities included the Education Minister’s Youth Council and Youth of Distinction Awards Steering Committee, the Mayor’s Youth Council, Junior Achievement and Scouts. Azaad organized his school’s bike-a-thon for two years and was valedictorian for his graduating class. He has volunteered for political candidates, CIBC Run for the Cure, Make a Change Calgary, and Flatten the Curve COVID Awareness. He is on the Board of Directors of FUSE Society and is a national advisor for Youth Helping Youth Alberta.

  • Eric Au

    Eric Au

    Eric (a graduate from Ross Sheppard High School, Edmonton) is enrolled at the University of Alberta working on a Bachelor of Science, Honours, degree. Eric was Ross Sheppard’s Interact Club Community Director for two years. As the founder of the school’s Debate Club, he made significant contributions to the High School Model UN, receiving the Best Diplomat award two times. Eric was part of the Ross Shepard Connect Crew Executive Committee, team captain of the Lion Dance Club, and a member of Project Green. Eric has spent many hours volunteering for multiple Edmonton events and charities including the Heritage Festival, Folk Festival, Kalido Festival, Deep Freeze Festival, Chinese New Year, the Food Bank, and Hope Mission.

  • Erin Walker

    Erin Walker

    Erin Walker (from the Hamlet of La Corey and a Cold Lake High School graduate) is currently working on a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Honours degree at the University of Calgary. Erin organized and assisted with her school’s student leadership group, spirit days, pep rallies, and many fundraising events for local charities. She took an active role the school’s Best Buddies program and the Unified Sports program and, because of that participation, she was selected to be a delegate at the 2019 Unified Youth Leadership Conference in Toronto. Erin played on the senior volleyball team, curling team, and was a member of the track and field team. Outside of school she participated in the Challenge-Baseball and coached for the Lakeland Gymnastics program.

  • Jessica Hadwin

    Jessica Hadwin

    Jessica Hadwin (a graduate from Consort School, Consort) studied Agribusiness at Lakeland College and looks to continue to help others by pursuing a career in Paramedic Medicine. She was highly involved in many high school extra-curricular activities, most notably the Consort Junior and Senior Stingers volley ball teams where she participated as a player, team captain, coach, referee, and volunteer. As a member of her local 4H Club, Jessica took on numerous executive and leadership positions, organized and participated in competitions and shows, did community service activities, and mentored younger club members. Prior to COVID, Jessica volunteered at the Consort Food Bank, Seniors Lodge and Hospital. When the pandemic hit she sought out ways to raise people’s spirits by painting on windows at the lodge and hospital and cleaning the local cemetery grounds.

  • Joshua Kroker

    Joshua Kroker

    Joshua Kroker (a graduate from Catholic Central High School, Lethbridge) is studying Public Policy and Governance at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Joshua was a member of his school’s Athletic Leadership Club, Ambassadors Club, Santa’s Anonymous Club, and Student Council. He has been a member of the City of Lethbridge’s Youth Advisory Council, MP Harder’s Youth Advisory Board, Volunteer Alberta’s Youth Engagement Community of Practice, and the Young Conservatives Club. He volunteered at the Lethbridge Alberta Summer Games, the 2018 Alberta High School Curling Provincials, and won Curling Alberta’s Curler’s Corner Youth Sportsmanship Award in 2020. During the pandemic Joshua designed and organized a COVID-safe TikTok-type dance for students to participate in, founded YQL Mask Challenge and moderated the COVID- 19 Community Recovery Forum.

  • Precious Majekodunmi

    Precious Majekodunmi

    Precious Majekodunmi (a graduate from Westwood Community High School, Fort McMurray) is currently studying Nursing at the University of Alberta. She is an active and committed student who took part in her school’s Math Leadership Group, Science Fair, Queens Code and Principal’s Advisory Group. Precious organized and promoted Black History month and many other multicultural events in her school. As a level four Flight Corporal for the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Precious taught younger Cadets, lead various activities, learned about survival, aerodynamics, public speaking, leadership and marksmanship, and completed community service projects. She volunteered with Northern Lights Regional Hospital, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, the Multicultural Association, Nigerian Canadian Association, MACOY, the local library and the YMCA.

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

 

  • Emma Rach-Syslak

    Emma Rach-Syslak

    Emma is an up and coming fine artist from Calgary who specializes in portraiture. She is currently studying at The Florence Academy of Art as a full-time artist and student. Emily graduated from Central Memorial High School in Calgary in 2019 with honours in the Visual Arts Program. She received an Alexandra Rutherford Scholarship, a Portrait Society of America Annual Portrait Conference Scholarship, and an Honourable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future contest.  Emma works mainly in oil paint but also does printmaking and some ceramics and sculpting. Her artwork invites the viewer to experience a variety of diversities in technique and texture through the teachings of masters.

  • Wesley O'Brien

    Wesley O'Brien

    Hailing from Calgary, Wesley is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Wesley began studying viola at age 6. In 2019, he won the Alberta Provincial Music Festival for viola 16 and under and his string quartet won the Provincial Music Festival in 2018 and 2019. In June 2019, he attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute as the youngest participant ever accepted into the program and he has performed with Rosa Barocca, Alberta’s professional baroque orchestra. Wesley received a Fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival this summer.

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