2020 Award Winners
2020 brought unprecedented challenges to our profession. Despite these challenges, interpreters found innovative and creative ways to connect with their visitors. Whether it be through new virtual media or modified in-person programs, these entries showcase interpreters thriving and rising to the challenges of 2020.
Interpretation Canada is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence. These awards are an opportunity to recognize the dedication and creativity of interpretive programs and products from coast to coast to coast.
Each entry was judged on individual merit and each that met the criteria received an award. We encourage you to check out the programs below and read some of the highlights from judges.
Pirates of Kananaskis
Alberta Parks: Kananaskis Interpretation – Joe Fowler
“This was a Masterclass in theatrical interpretation with the right balance of fishy facts, fish fun, enthusiasm, costume changes, audience participation, oversized props, a song AND a dance.”
“This one man show is so impressive – it would take at least two other interpreters to pull off all the characters and lengthy script to remember”
“The presenter is dynamic and fun. That is an intense script to learn and present and it was done flawlessly.”
Virtual Ridzvo: Ukrainian Christmas
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – Pamela Trischuk, Kevin Baron, Lessia Petriv, Trevor Sliwkanich, Iryna Tatko
“Taking a living history program and making it a virtual program is a huge challenge. The video of Kolach making was masterfully delivered and I could smell the bread baking.”
“The presenters radiated warmth in spite of the remote format.”
“These two are master interpreters with so much passion and stories to share.”
Phantom of Chiroptera
Alberta Parks: Kananaskis Interpretation – Julie Ryan
“Everything was seamless and the audience was engaged and entertained.”
“This program was perfectly scripted and delivered. She must have done it many times.”
“Golden! Can't wait for more interpreters across the country to see this program!”