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Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to conserve and celebrate Yukon’s heritage?
YHMA presents awards to individuals, organizations and businesses which have made a special contribution to the conservation or interpretation of some aspect of Yukon’s heritage. Each year, nominations for deserving recipients are invited for the following categories:
Annual Heritage Award: The award will be presented to an individual, organization, First Nation or business for an outstanding contribution to Yukon heritage. The recipient must qualify in one of the following categories:
History Maker Award: The award will be presented to an individual, organization, First Nation or business for outstanding contributions to Yukon heritage. The recipient must qualify in one of the following categories:
Helen Couch Volunteer of the Year Award: This award is named after Helen Couch, who was a pioneer of the Yukon and a tireless volunteer for heritage organizations. She was a trustee on the board of MacBride Museum from 1988 to 2001, attended most if not all of the events and supplied home baking for most of them. Helen was also on the Board of YHMA from 1991 to 1992 and from 2003 through 2008. The Yukon heritage community is grateful to Helen for her long and distinguished service as a volunteer. In 2004 YHMA's volunteer award was renamed the Helen Couch Volunteer of the Year Award. The award will be presented to an individual for an outstanding volunteer contribution to Yukon heritage. The recipient must qualify in one of the following categories:
Heritage Conservation Project of the Year Award: The award will be presented to the individual, community group, First Nation or business whose work to preserve, restore or rehabilitate a historic property best reflects the principles and practise outlined in the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. This award is sponsored by the Historic Sites Unit, Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture. To be eligible:
Innovation, Education and Community Engagement Award: This award recognizes the importance of heritage to the social, cultural and educational fabric of the Yukon. The Yukon’s rich, diverse heritage plays an important role in developing and sustaining healthy, vibrant communities, and this award celebrates the various ways in which knowledge is shared and transmitted between generations and cultural groups. The award will be presented to an individual, organization, First Nation or business who demonstrates leadership, innovative approaches or outstanding contributions in encouraging ongoing education and community engagement with the Yukon’s heritage. To be eligible, the recipient must qualify in one or more of the following categories:
Nomination Package Criteria
Each nomination should be about 1-2 pages in length and include the following information:
How to Submit Your Nomination
Nominations should be submitted by midnight on January 17, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Heritage Awards Committee
c/o Yukon Historical & Museums Association
3126 Third Avenue
Whitehorse YT Y1A 1E7