Awards and Scholarships

Part of our leadership role is to recognize achievement through awards, and encourage others to follow in the footsteps of those achievers through scholarships.

Arthur R. Smith Awards

The Arthur R. Smith Awards were created in the name of our founder as a way to recognize and honour innovative, committed and caring front-line employees and volunteers within the homeless-serving system.

We celebrated the 2017 winners on October 12, and look forward to opening next year’s nominations in Summer 2018.


Hon. Col. Arthur R. Smith, OC, AOE, DFC, Hon. LLD
May 16, 1919 – June 30, 2008

Successful nominations showed that nominees’ results contributed to the long-term goal of ending homelessness by helping people move towards independence in housing. Award recipients were seen as demonstrating exemplary leadership, innovation and commitment to clients. Nominators included compelling stories from clients or observers.

2017 Recipients of the Art Smith Award


Volunteer Award
Randy Pages
Nominated by: Darren Mycroft, Calgary Client Action Committee (CAC)



Front Line Award
Candise Knobbe, Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre Society
Nominated by: Natalie Noble, Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre Society



Front-Line Team Award
Sustainable Families Team, ASPEN Family & Community Network Society
Nominated by: Angela Clarke, ASPEN Family & Community Network Society



Aikimihki Award
Jackie Bromley, Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society
Nominated by: Matt Vermunt, HomeSpace Society



The Legacy Award – Honouring an individual or organisation whose dedication to the vision of ending homelessness has created a lasting impact on our community, and whose contributions have rippled outwards to benefit our community over time.

Hy Belzberg & The Belzberg Family

Recipients of this award received a one of a kind blown glass piece.



Art Smith Giving Circle – created to honour those individuals and organizations who have demonstrated long-term commitment to Housing First and the goal of ending homelessness by providing philanthropic gifts of $500,000 or more.

David & Leslie Bissett
Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Suncor Energy Foundation
TransCanada Corporation

Recipients of this award received a one of a kind blown glass piece named the Divinity of Fire Award.


Friends of Art Smith – created to honour those individuals and organizations who show continued support via monthly or annual giving.

2016 Honourees

  • ATCO – Power Canada Ltd. EPIC Campaign
  • Brock Argue
  • Calgary Parking Authority
  • Trevor Frankiw
  • Louise Gallagher
  • Robert William Grndley
  • Ary De Jong
  • Carrie Kitchen
  • Richard Krecsy
  • Steve Lafleur
  • Keane Marshall
  • Kevin McNichol
  • Art Petrenko
  • Lauren Quan
  • Chris Stang
  • D.L. Vanstone

Recipients of this award received an exclusive Art Smith Award Pin.


Download The 2017 Awards Booklet


Nominations for the 2018 Art Smith Awards will open in spring 2018.

Previous Winners

  • 2016: KAIROS Calgary, Devon Ouellette and Alberta Health Services’ Community Treatment Order Team. Read More (PDF)
  • 2014: Sharon Robertson, Gabriel Chen and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Infinity Project Team. Read more (PDF)
  • 2013: Harry and Irene Simmelink, Cheryle Sklapsky and Sunalta Lodging House Team.
  • 2012: Marlies Bird, Chloe Neumann and Alberta Works Outreach Team. Read more (PDF).
  • 2011: Dennis Halstead,Scott Calling Last and Inn from the Cold Case Management Team. Read more (PDF).
  • 2010: Stacie Buttee, Natalie Ross, Bradley Fisher, Joe Schreiber, Krista Mergel and Viviane Theriaul. Read more (PDF).
  • 2008: Nicole Bealing, Ralph Watson, Shirley Marion.
  • 2007: Ioan Tirlui, Lisa Garrisen, Pat Colman.



Certificate in Working with Homeless Populations: Practice Fundamentals

We partner with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary to offer a certificate program for staff and volunteers in the homeless sector. The program covers topics relevant to serving people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Students will engage in interactive learning and dialogue with peers, experts, instructors and persons with lived experience.

To read more about the Certificate, click here.

The CHF offers scholarships, which cover about two-thirds of the program cost.