Archaeological Society of Alberta Distinguished Service Awards

The Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) recognizes members that have made exceptional contributions to the society by awarding them the Distinguished Service Award.

The following criteria are used to assess nominations for this prestigious award:

1) Candidate must be a member in good standing of the Society.

2) Candidate must have made a distinguished record of service to the Society or to an Archaeological discipline as a member of the Society.

3) The award will be made at the Annual General Meeting of the Society at the Banquet following the Meeting.

4) The recipient will be given a suitably inscribed, framed, scroll certificate signed by the President and the Secretary.

The Award Committee shall be a standing Committee consisting of the President, the Past-President and the Executive-Secretary.

The Award Committee shall each year receive nominations for the Distinguished Service Award from the Executive of any Centre or from a member in good standing of the Society. Nominations must be signed by the Secretary of the Centre, or three members in good standing. Nominations must be accompanied by a summary indicating the service qualifications of the nominee. The nomination should be received by the Award Committee by the end of the calendar year prior to the Annual General Meeting of the Archaeological Society of Alberta.

Click here for the ASA Award Guidelines (PDF)

Previous Recipients:

2016 - Joanne Braaten

2009 - Jim McMurchy

Jim McMurchy has been a member of the Archaeological Society of Alberta, Lethbridge Centre since 1990.  He is currently their President and financial auditor.  Over the years he organized countless speaker series, field trips and workshops. Jim is also our Provincial Secretary / Treasurer, a job he has been doing for more than 10 years.
Though these are the official positions he holds, Jim is better described as the “backbone of the Archaeological Society of Alberta”. He ensures that
the ASA continues to run smoothly. He knows who to contact, where to find information, forms and documents, and what is going on in the Society.
Jim is who everyone calls for help, and he goes out of his way to assist in any way he can. Jim is the epitome of the ASA mandate: He is committed to preserving Alberta’s heritage (Canada’s for that matter) and sharing our past with the community. He embodies all the traits that make up the very best member of an avocation community: most especially the trait of selflessness. Jim has given tirelessly of his time, on an entirely volunteer basis, to a society for the sole reason that he believes strongly and cares deeply for what the ASA stands for: that being an appreciation and respect for the past.
For his many years of dedicated service to the Archaeological Society of Alberta, and to the archaeological community generally, it was our great
honor and pleasure to award Jim McMurchy with the Distinguished Service Award at our annual meeting in Bodo on May 2, 2009.