Congratulations to recipients of Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards

Date: May 4, 2022

    The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarships for Performing and Visual Arts honours two students who demonstrate talent, potential and a clear vision to realize their artistic goals through education and training. Students can apply for the arts scholarship through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. View our Scholarships page for more information.

    Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarships for Performing and Visual Arts recipients

    Emma Rach-Syslak

    Emma Rach-Syslak

    Emma is an up and coming fine artist from Calgary who specializes in portraiture. She is currently studying at The Florence Academy of Art as a full-time artist and student. Emily graduated from Central Memorial High School in Calgary in 2019 with honors in the Visual Arts Program. She received an Alexandra Rutherford Scholarship, a Portrait Society of America Annual Portrait Conference Scholarship, and an Honourable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future contest.  Emma works mainly in oil paint but also does printmaking and some ceramics and sculpting. Her artwork invites the viewer to experience a variety of diversities in technique and texture through the teachings of masters.

    Wesley O'Brien

    Wesley O'Brien

    Hailing from Calgary, Wesley is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Wesley began studying viola at age 6. In 2019, he won the Alberta Provincial Music Festival for viola 16 and under and his string quartet won the Provincial Music Festival in 2018 and 2019. In June 2019, he attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute as the youngest participant ever accepted into the program and he has performed with Rosa Barocca, Alberta’s professional baroque orchestra. Wesley received a Fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival this summer.

    Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal Award recipients

    The Golden Jubilee Citizenship award honours students who have shown themselves to be community builders and leaders, civically minded, passionate about volunteering and who whole-heartedly embrace the spirit of their cause. Each year, eight young Albertans receive a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

    • Annika Kruger, Calgary
    • Asha Nathoo, Calgary
    • Azaad Gill, Calgary
    • Eric Au, Edmonton
    • Erin Walker, La Corey
    • Jessica Hadwin, Consort
    • Joshua Kroker, Lethbridge
    • Precious Majekodunmi, Fort McMurray

    A selection committee chooses recipients for the citizenship award from the Alberta high school students who received the Premier’s Citizenship Award that year.

    The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award was established in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. Since then, 153 individuals have received the citizenship award and 39 have received the arts award.

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