Gateway Gazette

Inaugural Donald Ethell Award presentation to Okotoks youth

Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell and Colonel [Ret’d] the Hon. Donald Ethell will be in Okotoks Wednesday, March 30 to present the inaugural Donald S. Ethell Youth Award from the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction.

The first recipient of the award is Okotoks resident Cole Whalley, who is being honoured for the dedication, compassion and innovation he has brought to his service as a model and mentor for at-risk youth in his community.


About the Award

The Donald S. Ethell Youth Award was created in honour of the LG’s Circle’s founding patron and Alberta’s 17th Lieutenant Governor. It recognizes youth (age 25 or under) who are leading efforts to make Alberta communities safe places to talk about mental health. The Award will be presented three times per year. Nominations are accepted year round.  More information about the award and the Circle is at

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