Awards & Scholarships


The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge recognises the importance of celebrating the philanthropic and service contributions of individuals, businesses, and service organizations that support Lethbridge’s arts community.

Joan Waterfield Memorial Award

This award recognizes a member of the arts community, respected by their contemporaries for advancing and enhancing the arts.

Named after Joan Waterfield, a lover and supporter of the arts in southern Alberta, this award is given to recipients who have made a substantial contribution to our community through literary, music, dance, new media, theatre, and/or visual arts.

Joan Waterfield was a multifaceted member of the arts community. An accomplished actor, librarian, broadcaster, manager of the Bowman Arts Centre, and a theatre & arts columnist for the Lethbridge Herald. Joan also founded Lethbridge Youth Theatre and the Lethbridge Summer School for the Performing Arts. She was a formidable arts advocate and continued to volunteer into her retirement, until her passing in 2003.

Annual award recipients are selected from nominations made by community members. Individuals who are honoured personify the values expressed in the vision of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge; Lethbridge is enriched by a thriving arts community.

Deadline for nominations: May 30, 2024

Do you know someone who has made a substantial contribution to the arts?


2023: Fran Rude
2022: Dale Ketcheson
2021: Jay Whitehead
2020: Mary-Lynn Muhly
2019: Don Robb
2018: Kate Connolly
2017: Alex Bakk
2016: Lottie Austin & Dr. George Evelyn
2015: Paul & Nancy Walker
2014: Edward Bayly
2013: Peggy Mezei
2012: Robert Fenton
2011: Maureen Chambers & Trent Moranz
2010: George & Nellie Mann
2009: Francis Schultz
2008: Van Christou
2007: Elaine Harrison
2006: Linda Bayly
2005: Joan Waterfield

AACE Awards

The Allied Arts Council Awards of Excellence (AACE) recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that contribute to the strength and vibrancy of the arts community. The relationships between the business community, civic government, and the arts community contribute to making Lethbridge a great city for the arts.

Individual Category

This category is designed to recognize an individual who has made philanthropic and service contributions to the arts and therefore enhancing the entire arts community. This category is not for individuals that represent a specific business, group, or organization.

Business Category

This category recognizes a business in the community that has made outstanding philanthropic contributions to an arts organization and therefore enhancing the entire arts community. The business must be registered and licensed within Lethbridge.

Service Organization Category

This category recognizes a service organization, club, or not-for-profit group that has made outstanding contributions to the community through the arts. They must be a registered organization or society, or a group that is recognized within the community.

Deadline: May 30, 2024

PREVIOUS Recipients

Individual: Connie Blackburn
Business: No nominations
Service Organization: Playgoers of Lethbridge 

Individual: Lorraine Lee
Business: No nominations
Service Organization: Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee

Individual: Robert Bechtel
Business: Classique Dancewear – Judi Dormaar
Service Organization: McNally Community Association

Individual: John & Lynn Gilliat
Business: North & Company LLP
Service Organization: Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Individual: Richard Amery
Business: Subaru of Lethbridge
Service Organization: Lethbridge Public Schools, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools, Ecole la Verendrye

Individual: Sandy & Bob Brunelle
Business: Owl Acoustic Lounge
Service Organization: Lethbridge Public Library

Individual: Rose Primachuk
Business: Drunken Sailor
Service Organisation: Ability Resource Centre of the Rehabilitation Society

Individual: Vern Miller
Business: FWBA Architects
Service Organisation: No nominations

Individual: René van de Vendel
Business: Royal Bank of Canada
Service Organisation: University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music

Individual: John Savill
Business: Royal LePage, South Country
Service Organisation: No nominations

Individual: Pete Fiorino
Business: Mike Spencer Geometrics
Service Organisation: Rotary Club of Lethbridge

Individual: Jonathan Lance Scout
Business: TD Bank
Service Organisation: Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens

Individual: Dr. Barbara Lacey & Robert Tarleck
Business: CTV Lethbridge
Service Organisation: Covenant Health

Individual: Carol Roberts
Business: CJOC/Clear Sky Radio
Service Organisation: Southminster United Church

Individual: Val & Flora Matteotti
Business: Sterling Mutuals Inc.
Service Organisation: University of Lethbridge

Individual: Minda Rogerson.
Business: Global Television
Service Organisation: Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge

Individual: Ralph Thrall Jr.
Business: National Salvage Ltd.
Service Organisation: Chinook Health Healing Arts Program

Young Artist Award

The Allied Arts Council Young Artist Award was established to recognize up-and-coming Lethbridge-based artists. The award brings recognition to outstanding artists in the early phases of their career.

The award has a value of $1,000 and is intended to support and encourage artistic work. This is not a scholarship and is open to young artists aged 18-35 based in the Lethbridge area who have a passion for the arts. Individuals who are deeply involved in the performing arts, visual arts, cinematic arts, literary arts, architecture and design, or other creative endeavors are recognized.

Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by peers, mentors, or colleagues.

Deadline: May 30, 2024

PREVIOUS Recipients

2023: Camille Eudes
2022: Mya Duncan
2021: Kasia Sosnowski
2020: Nole Richardson
2019: Megan Wittig
2018: Angeline Simon
2017: Courtney Faulkner
2016: Claire Lint
2015: Camille Pavlenko

Aspiring Artist Award

The Aspiring Artist Award was established in 2019. This award is presented to a student in grades 9 through 12, recognizing the student’s level of achievement measured against peers at a similar stage of development. The award has a value of $1,000 and is intended to support and encourage artistic work and educational opportunities.

Deadline: May 30, 2024

PREVIOUS Recipients

2023: Lev Zienchuk
2022: Claire Moore
2021: Emmalyn Naude & Olive Graham
2020: Janelle Wipf
2019: Kaitlin Carter


Ray Jolliffe Memorial Scholarship

The Ray Jolliffe Memorial Scholarship was established by the Jolliffe Family in 2008 to recognize the contribution of Mr. Ray Jolliffe in the field of theatre production in the community of Lethbridge. This scholarship is managed by the Allied Arts Council on behalf of the family with the funding being held by the Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta Community Foundation.
The value of this scholarship is $3,000 and is awarded annually to a Canadian student pursuing study in the field of Theatre Production Design and Management or Media Production and Design at a recognized Canadian post-secondary educational institution.

Application deadline is March 31.

Lethbridge & District Music & Speech Arts Festival

Every year the Allied Arts Council contributes $150 to the Lethbridge & District Music & Speech Arts Festival to be awarded to a senior vocal student. This is awarded through the festival not through applications or nominations.

For more information about the Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival awards contact:

Arts Alive & Well in the Schools

The Allied Arts Council supports awards in 2D and 3D art at the Grade 12 level during the annual Arts Alive & Well in the Schools Exhibition from the Lethbridge School Division, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division, and École La Vérendrye hosted by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. These are directly awarded, not awarded through applications or nominations.