June 10, 2019
Twelve Edmontonians were named to the City of Edmonton’s Hall of Fame tonight for their dedication to making Edmonton a better place to live.
The City’s Salute to Excellence awards recognize Edmontonians for their contributions to arts and culture, community service and sports. This year’s inductees include paleontologist Philip Currie and Olympic medallist and world figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond.
“From artists and athletes, to philanthropists and volunteers, each person puts their time and energy into making their mark on our city,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “The Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony gives us the chance to recognize and celebrate the contributions of some of these superb residents as we look forward together to imagine our city's bright future.”
This year’s Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame inductees are:
Arts & Culture Hall of Fame
- Donna Clare (architect)
- Candas Jane Dorsey (writer and community supporter)
- Yoko Oike-Wong (violinist, performing artist and teacher)
- John Pichlyk (Shumka dancer, performer and artistic innovator)
Community Service Hall of Fame
- Philip Currie (paleontologist and advocate for science research and education)
- David Hubert (community service leader and ambassador)
- Linda Hughes (community builder in health care, education and social services)
- Diane Kyle-Buchanan (philanthropist and community champion)
Sports Hall of Fame
- Bryan Anderson (sports advocate and builder)
- Garry Meadus (sports builder)
- Kaetlyn Osmond (Olympic medallist and world champion figure skater)
- Wen Wang (badminton coach and international champion)
“The Salute to Excellence Awards is the highest form of recognition and acknowledgement for work done by individuals to make Edmonton even better,” said Todd Janes, Chair of the Salute to Excellence Council. “As Edmontonians, we have all benefited from each inductee’s leadership and passion to continually raise the bar and enrich our communities.”
The Sports and Community Service Hall of Fame inductees are displayed inside Edmonton’s City Hall, and the Arts and Culture Hall of Fame is housed at the Citadel Theatre.
Since 1951, Salute to Excellence has recognized and honoured Edmonton's most outstanding citizens who, through their involvement in arts and culture, community service and sports, have made exemplary contributions to the quality of life in Edmonton.