Chief Youth Courage Awards

Celebrating the Giants Among Us

13 November 2020

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders
of giants.
~ Sir Isaac Newton

The Chief Youth Courage Awards is a celebration of leadership and result. Hosted by Chief Constable Neufeld of the Calgary Police Service, we will honour Dick Haskayne’s leadership in philanthropy and business and the gift his shoulders have provided to the youth in Calgary. As well, we will award six young citizens that have shown tremendous courage in their life’s journey with support from the Calgary Police Foundation’s funded programs supporting our City’s most vulnerable youth.

The Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala

The CYCA Gala will highlight the impact giants of the community have had on creating a better tomorrow for children in Calgary, and to showcase how they have inspired those who need our help the most to reach for the stars.

You will have the opportunity to engage and celebrate with community giants including: Chief Constable Mark Neufeld, Dick Haskayne, the Calgary Police Service, and celebrity guest, country music star George Canyon.

The Calgary Police Foundation is very proud to announce we will be honouring and celebrating Mr. Dick Haskayne, a renowned Canadian businessman and philanthropist at the 2020 Chief Youth Courage Awards.

Prepare to be inspired as we announce the Youth Leadership Awards – presented to six young citizens, our Stars of Courage.

As the stars shine in the night sky, this elegant Gala will dazzle with an evening of exclusive Calgary Police Service experiences, delicious drinks, dinner, auction featuring amazing prizes, an award show, and entertainment full of wonders and star-studded moments from George Canyon and other shinning entertainment stars.

All ticket proceeds from the Gala benefit the Calgary Police Foundation – a charity dedicated to keeping youth safe from crime and victimization, by funding programs that focus on education, prevention, and early intervention.

Join us with the stars and giants for an evening Gala to remember while we raise funds to keep Calgary kids safe – one child at a time.


We are pleased to announce George Canyon as the Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala entertainment!

To call George Canyon “accomplished” would be the understatement of the century. Throughout his career he has won many awards, Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few, for his music, has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, regularly performs all over the world, and has acted in a number of films, television shows, and stage plays. He is a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.
Canyon’s tireless work as spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and his ongoing support for Canada’s Armed Forces has earned him much recognition. Among them, he was honoured with the Humanitarian Award by the Canadian Country Music Association, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was also made the first ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets by The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense.
Outside of his music and charitable work, many people might also recognize George for his numerous roles on the big screen. From Charlie Wells in the hit television show Heartland and the head forest ranger in Trailer Park Boys, to Bull Shelton in the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original movie “One Starry Christmas”.
George Canyon's latest single is titled ‘Vinyl’, and is produced by Scott Cooke - it is now available on all streaming and purchasing platforms.

Introducing Belle Cabin, the exciting collaboration between local musicians, Darcy Stamp and Alex Hughes.

Pop Country recording artist, Alex Hughes’ latest release, “Strong As You”, is a sultry love song that describes the incomparable feeling of being with the one you love. With more than 25,000 streams on Spotify alone in its first month of release, rave reviews continue to pour in for Alex’s latest single. Alex has performed all across North America where she’s had the honour of opening for artists like Kenny G, George Canyon, Paul Brandt and Brett Kissel at various events and festivals. Most recently, Alex performed on the renowned Calgary Stampede Coca-Cola Stage.
Darcy Stamp, classical-crossover violinist, has performed with a wide range of artists, including Josh Groban, George Canyon and more. He’s played on 100+ albums and performed at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian and Disney Epcot. Darcy is recording his first album featuring pop/rock instrumentals of original compositions and iconic songs re-imagined.
Both lovers of all styles of music, Darcy and Alex bring a bright and upbeat genre crossing repertoire to the stage in this unique musical duo.

The Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala Details

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Calgary Police Foundation Philanthropic Leader Award

The Philanthropic Leader Award from the Calgary Police Foundation (CPF) is a prestigious social impact award that is presented annually by the Chief Constable of the Calgary Police Service. It is intended to recognise and celebrate a great community leader of charitable progress for youth.
The Philanthropic Leader Award will recognize an individual who has the courage to care and through their efforts have influenced change at the community level so that the lives of many are enriched. This community leader will exemplify the spirit of giving, demonstrate integrity in their actions, show compassion, and hold values that align with the Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Police Foundation. They will be respected in the Calgary area and recognized as a community leader. They will be known among other things as a pioneer who advances philanthropic support to the charitable sector. An individual who contributes their time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of others. A renowned humanitarian whose actions have left a blue print so that those who follow may prioritize support for the welfare of our city’s children and youth.
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Chief Youth Courage Awards


Gala Volunteer Inquiries

Are you interested in volunteering for the Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala? Do you want to be part of this starry evening? Applicants interested in volunteering for the Gala in setup, takedown, and at event help roles, please write a short letter of interest.

Please Contact:
Barbara Pohl, Sr. Director, Community Engagement, Calgary Police Foundation

The Chief Youth Courage Awards Organising Committee

  • Susan Cron (Co-Chair)
  • Barbara Pohl (Co-Chair)
  • Carolina Walls
  • Stephanie Felesky
  • Tara Robinson
  • Lynn Fletcher
  • Marla Cohen

The Calgary Police Foundation Board of Directors

  • Brian Ferguson (Chair)
  • Chief Constable Mark Neufeld
  • Bonita Croft
  • Stephanie Felesky
  • Charles W. Fischer
  • Chris Kucharski
  • Grant Stapon
  • Christopher Usih
  • Carolina Walls
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