Samuel A. Dickson Award

The late Samuel A. Dickson championed, for over 20 years, to rally support for the restoration for Fort Edmonton.

Dickson’s passion for his vision started in 1945.

He gathered the community together as a Rotarian, member of the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association, and then as a member of the Edmonton Museum Committee.

It wasn’t until 1965 when Dickson was 89 years old that the discussion to develop a heritage park was brought to City Council. In 1967 commitment was granted, in 1969 the Fort Edmonton Historical Foundation was founded, and in May of 1974, the gates to Fort Edmonton Park were opened.

Samuel A. Dickson Award

The Samuel A. Dickson Award is presented to a Fort Edmonton Foundation donor each year.

This award provides an opportunity for the Foundation to recognize and profile longstanding supporters. These donors have dedicated their hearts, time and financial gifts to the development of Fort Edmonton Park. They are ambassadors and champions–much like Mr. Dickson.

By honouring our donors with this award we help keep the legacy of Samuel A. Dickson alive.

Jeff Polovick

2020 Award Recipient

In 2020, Jeff Polovick was chosen as the Samuel A. Dickson award recipient for his years of volunteerism and dedication to supporting Fort Edmonton Park. We are pleased to recognize an outstanding member, businessman, Rotarian, and citizen of this community. With a goal of $2 Million, Jeff set out a plan to raise these funds in support of the expansion of the Hotel Selkirk. In 2013, 2017, and 2019 Jeff led a committee to create amazing events and successfully meet his fundraising goal through many generous friends. It is with our great pleasure to honor Jeff with this award given his tireless efforts, many hours of calling on friends and businesses in our community to support this park we all love.

Anna and Richard Fahrion

2019 Award Recipients

Anna and Richard Fahrion are the loveliest and liveliest couple. They have been donors and supporters since 1999. They show up to events with spirit and pride while fully supporting Fort Edmonton Park and the work of the foundation.

Anna and Richard have said it best, “We choose to give to happy places, like Fort Edmonton Park. The impact of giving goes to helping people enjoy places that help their overall wellness”.

Past Samuel A. Dickson Award Recipients


Anna and Richard Fahrion
Sue Currie
Bill Graham
John & Barbara Poole
Dr. George Buck
Ada Hole
Alan and Alice Bell
Edward Allen and
Dr. Elizabeth Donald
Emilie Ryan
Margaret (Wudel) Anderson
and George Stout
John Howard
Don Smith
Grace Rumbold
Garth Campbell
James Campbell, Sylvia Kennedy,
Margaret Linton
Rae & Carol Allen