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Calgarians Give Back in a Big Way over the Past Year

Philanthropic spirit takes many forms as 2016 Generosity of Spirit™ Award honourees announced


CALGARY, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Although thanksgiving has passed once again in this great city it is never to late to give thanks to a few local heroes. By giving their time, talent and treasures to the community, these everyday Calgarians are the embodiment of philanthropy. Calgary and Alberta as a whole is a resilient place. Across the history of this city, through ups and downs, we have seen Calgarians lend their support during times of need. This was just as evident over the past year in the diversity and accomplishments of the 2016 Generosity of Spirit™ Award honourees.


AFP Calgary & Area Chapter is proud to congratulate the following recipients of Generosity of Spirit™ Awards, part of Philanthropy Awareness Week 2016 running from November 5-15. Each honouree significantly contributes to making our city stronger and has shown the ability to step up in a time of need:


  • Stikeman Elliott LLP, Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award
  • Mike and Linda Shaikh, Lifetime Achievement Philanthropist Award
  • The Steele Family, Outstanding Philanthropic Family Award
  • Suzanne West, Doc Seaman Individual Philanthropist Award
  • Calgary Firefighter Burn Treatment Society, Outstanding Philanthropic Group Award
  • Peters & Co. Ltd, Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist Award
  • Colton Lewis, Outstanding Youth Philanthropist Award


Calgary is a strong, vibrant community and is home to many inspiring philanthropists. While each honouree’s involvement differs, major commonalities exist in their ability to act on the need in our community and take personal responsibility for the prosperity of those around them.


The Generosity of Spirit™ honourees will be recognized during the National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon, taking place Tuesday, November 15. This event brings together more than 1,000 prominent people to celebrate the immense philanthropic spirit in our community and maintain the momentum of giving back, especially during times of need.



Media will have the opportunity to meet and interview the Generosity of Spirit™ honourees at the National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon, which is held in the BMO Centre at the Calgary Stampede from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The media availability will take place afer the lunch from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the BMO Centre.


Please contact Dan Lombardi with AFP Calgary & Area to confirm your attendance or to get in touch with any of the award winners ahead of time to profile them (p: 587-889-2498 e:


National Philanthropy Day® and Philanthropy Awareness Week are presented by the Assoication of Fundraising Professionals, Calgary & Area and its platinum investor, Imperial. The National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon is sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. With this outstanding spirit, Calgary’s annual celebration for National Philanthropy Day® has grow to be one of the largest in North America.


About AFP Calgary & Area

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the largest international association of fundraising professionals in the world representing 33,680 members. AFP provides essential leadership to Canada’s robust charitable sector and promotes the cause of its approximately 3,500 members in 20 chapters across our country. Founded in 1996, the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter has over 300 members dedicated to promoting and practicing ethical fundraising and philanthropy in our community. Please visit us online at


For additional information on this years GOS honourees click here. 

For further information:

Daniel Lombardi

AFP Calgary & Area Chapter

C: 587-889-2498