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Local Heroes Inducted into Hall of Fame

June 14, 2011

Nine Edmontonians were inducted into the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame at the 60th annual Salute to Excellence ceremony. Each was honoured for improving Edmonton's livability through their outstanding achievements in arts and culture, community service or sports. 

“The City of Edmonton is home to a remarkable array of talent,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Salute to Excellence gives us a way to recognize people in our community who have shown extraordinary leadership, perseverance, and achievement. Honourees are both helping to make Edmonton a special place and representing our city to the world.”

A former boxing world champion, a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award, and a visionary architect were among the inductees. In addition, Chorale Saint-Jean was given an Award of Distinction. For almost 75 years, the choir has been the inspirational musical voice of the Francophone community in western Canada and has spread the rich cultural vitality of Alberta’s 68,000 strong Francophone community around the world.

“The dedication, passion, and leadership of these citizens have helped put Edmonton on the map,” said Dennis Belair, Chair of the Salute to Excellence Committee. “They are truly outstanding individuals who deserve the honour of being inducted into the Edmonton Hall of Fame.”

Photos of past Hall of Fame inductees for both sports and community services are on display at City Hall while those from the arts and culture community are honoured at the Citadel Theatre.

Arts & Culture Hall of Fame

Established in 1986 to honour outstanding individuals and groups whose body of work in arts and culture has brought recognition to the City of Edmonton and helped cultivate our vibrant arts and culture spirit.

  • Dr. E. D. Blodgett, Poet
  • Catherine Burgess, Sculptor
  • Gene Dub, Architect
  • Jan Selman, Theatre Innovator

Community Service Hall of Fame

Established in 2004 to honour outstanding individuals or organizations who have made a significant or lifetime contribution to the community by raising awareness, creating new institutions where needed or strengthening the character of our community by providing a role model and venue for our growth as responsible and compassionate citizens.

  • Dr. Robert C.P. Westbury, Community Builder

Sports Hall of Fame

Beginning in 1951, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Community Leagues, and the Edmonton Sportsman’s Fund Inc. hosted an annual Ring Dinner where outstanding athletes were recognized for their achievements. The Ring Dinner later became the Civic Honour Awards, and then Salute to Excellence in the 1990s. The Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame was created in 1959.

  • Ollie Currie, Sports Builder - Swimming
  • Wally (Walter) A. Litousky, Sports Builder - Judo
  • Scotty Olson, Boxer - Former World Champion
  • Murray F.R. Smith, Sports Builder - Athlete, Coach, Psychologist, Educator, Volunteer

Award of Distinction

  • Chorale Saint-Jean - Conductor Professor Laurier Fagnan

The evening included entertainment by Chorale Saint-Jean, Edmonton Youth Choir, Firefly Theatre, Michael Massey, and Kent Sangster with the Salute to Excellence Orchestra (Sandro Dominelli, Wayne Feschuk, Joel Gray, Jim Head, Mike Lent, Bob Tildesley).


For more information:

Monica Walker

Community Services

Title Communications Officer

780-221-1189 (cell)