This medal is meant to pay tribute to Albertans whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their community and their province.
The medal can be awarded to living men, women and youth who have made significant contributions to their fellow citizens, their community and to Alberta, and are Canadian citizens that reside in, or have resided in, Alberta.
Approximately 8,000 medals will be awarded to outstanding Albertans. Representatives from provincial organizations, governments and other groups have been asked to make the nominations. Only nominations submitted by these nominating partners will be accepted.
The medal’s simple design features Alberta’s coat of arms and “Alberta Centennial 1905-2005” on the front and shield of the arms and “Honouring Outstanding Albertans” on the back. It is cast in bronze and plated in gold.
The colours of the medal’s ribbon symbolize Alberta’s spirit and strengths. Blue and gold, Alberta’s provincial colours are most prominent in the ribbon. All the colours in the ribbon are taken from Alberta’s official emblems and heraldry. They are :
*Blue - clear skies and sparkling lakes *Gold - wheat fields and resource wealth *Green - forests *White - mountains *Pink - wild rose