The provincial government is once again hosting the Alberta Community Justice Awards this summer to recognize both individuals and organizations who have contributed to crime prevention in the province, with nominations open until April 16.
The official ceremony honouring award recipients will be held virtually in June to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions, with an exact date to be announced later this spring.
According to Shawna King, communications advisor for the Justice and Solicitor General of the Alberta government, the award is intended for Albertans who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and dedication in their communities through working or volunteering in the community justice sector.
“Community justice efforts of individuals and organizations often go without recognition,” King said. “These annual awards identify the people, organizations and initiatives that make Alberta communities safer and allow us to show our appreciation for their dedicated efforts.”
Eligible nominees have made contributions through work or volunteer positions in crime prevention, victim services, youth justice committees and restorative justice, as well as other community-based justice efforts.
King said nominations can be made on behalf of an individual, committee, service organization or police officer who has shown “exceptional leadership, innovation and dedication to working and volunteering in community justice.”
Albertans can submit nominations for awards in five categories, including leadership, innovation, service enhancement, community mobilization, and partnerships and collaboration.
According to Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta, individuals effecting change in their communities are an essential part in preventing crime across the province, and deserve to be recognized for those efforts.
“For 30 years, these awards recognize Albertans who make exceptional contributions to community safety, crime prevention, and the criminal justice system,” Madu said in a government press release. “Community leaders from all walks of life inspire Albertans to make our province a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
“I encourage Albertans to recognize their contributions with a nomination for the Alberta Community Justice Awards.”More information about the awards, including eligibility and how to make a nomination can be found at alberta.ca