news chevron becomes first organization to be appointed a fellow of the glenbow
Chevron Canada was appointed a Fellow of the Glenbow Museum alongside fellow inductee Nancy Tousley, a renowned art critic and curator, at a ceremony September 27.
Chevron Canada is the first organization to receive this honour.
Fellows are elected in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the humanities, arts and sciences and for advancing knowledge that supports Glenbow’s goals and positively impacts society. Past recipients have included former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed, singer-songwriter Ian Tyson, and former Nexen President and CEO Charlie Fischer.
Donna Livingstone, president and CEO of Glenbow, said the board of governors was unanimous in naming Chevron Canada for this honour. Among the reasons cited were Chevron’s four-decade-long partnership with Glenbow, the company’s legacy sponsorship of the award-winning Chevron Open Minds Museum School, and the longstanding strong ties between members of the two organizations.
“Glenbow Fellows have traditionally been given to outstanding individuals, but when we looked around one name quietly kept coming up again and again, for 37 years,” Livingston told attendees at the award ceremony. “Chevron has been such an integral part of learning in Calgary and at Glenbow that we decided to expand the rules this year to recognize them as a Glenbow Fellow.”
Livingstone noted Chevron Canada began funding Museum School 24 years ago, an educational concept later adopted by Campus Calgary that now comprises 11 sites in Calgary, including four funded by Chevron Canada.
“(Chevron Canada) are true partners and they embody the Open Minds philosophy that characterizes the program they support,” she said. “They value innovative thinking and are quick to encourage it in their partners . . . Open Minds has transformed learning for students, teachers and parents in this city.”
Chevron Canada President Frank Cassulo accepted the award on behalf the company’s more than 600 employees and contractors.
“On behalf of Chevron Canada, I am truly honoured to accept this very special recognition of Chevron’s longstanding and valued partnership with the Glenbow Museum,” Cassulo said. “Open Minds is Chevron Canada’s flagship social investment program, and we share Glenbow’s pride in the importance and value of Museum School.”
Cassulo added, “Museum School immerses students in an incredibly rich learning environment, providing them an opportunity to explore exhibits and pore over artifacts and, in doing so, to develop observation, writing and critical thinking skills.”
Following the 2013 flood that devastated Calgary, Chevron Canada joined with Glenbow to offer a free Community Day as a way to encourage Calgarians to return to the downtown core. Over the past four years, more than 20,000 people have attended Community Day, making it Glenbow’s single busiest day of the year.