2021 Award Winners
Interpretation Canada is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Awards of Excellence. These awards are an opportunity to recognize the exceptional dedication and creativity of interpretive programs and products from coast to coast to coast. This year saw a wide variety of topics, mediums, and stories resulting in 17 award winners!
Both personal and non-personal interpretation entries were 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. You won't want to miss Canada's interpretation at its finest!
Sherlock Stones & the Disappearing Hoodoo
Dinosaur Provincial Park: Alberta Parks – Andy Weir & Tara Ryan
Frankie Thunderbowl: The Mystery of the Missing Caribou
Palisades Stewardship Education Centre: Jasper National Park (Parks Canada) - Sanne van der Ros, The Palisades Education Team, Jasper National Park
Mammals Through Space & Time
Dinosaur Provincial Park: Alberta Parks – Chelsea Woodard
Where Are You Really From?
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – Ann Marie Begin
This program explores the role of immigration in the building of Canada, specifically how racist immigration policies created the present-day ideas of Canadian identity. In using oral histories, it also explores the experiences of immigrants themselves.
"[It's great] that Pier 21 is tackling tough topics like this one. I learned a lot and am encouraged to rethink my views of Canadians."
"For me, [my favourite part was] the invited voices and videos of the immigrants. There was power in those personal stories and those helped carry the presentation."
"I loved this presentation. This is very powerful and important material for everyone to engage with. Well done!"
Royal Botanical Gardens – Christie Brodie, Erin Gibson, Adrienne Lister, Iona Spearin
Through education and interpretation, the Enchanted Garden 2021 event focused on the life cycle of the Monarch, to make connections between elements of horticulture, science, and conservation to help connect visitors to place. As visitors moved through the stations in the garden, they encountered magical creatures who shared the science of Monarchs through storytelling, song, and action.
"I really enjoyed this program. Kids need to experience more magic in their lives, plant more seeds for butterflies, connect more deeply with nearby nature, and develop an environmental ethic at an early age. This program delivers on all of that. Bravo."
"This was a delightful way to experience RBG in a new context. I also have to commend the garden for striking the tricky balance of encouraging participation while maintaining social distancing, which is a Herculean task – I am relieved that this opportunity was available to young learners in spite of the pandemic, and after a few years where magic has been all too difficult to come by I'm sure this was a very special day for the families who participated."
"Kudos to those that developed this well organized safe program for kids during COVID times that helps them connect to the magic of nature and provides them a way to help Monarchs."
Paget Lookout: Getting Connected
Parks Canada – Lake Louise, Yoho, Kootenay Field Unit; Annaick Balsan; Cindy Flegel; Ardelle Hynes; Amber deKam
As a keystone species, the endangered Whitebark Pine is a lead actor in the movie of the subalpine forest and you have a role to play in the story’s plot. [The hike educates hike participants about the importance of species at risk, involving them in a citizen science project while teaching them responsible trail use to protect park ecosystems, and providing an enjoyable experience for visitors to make connections with their natural and cultural heritage.
"I quite enjoyed the inclusion of a citizen science activity to support a call to action. So many times interpretive programs will inspire people to take action, however this one gave them a tangible thing to do with that inspiration."
"I would love to go on this hike!"
"[I liked] the creative device of telling the story using the film script scenario."