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The Bob Edwards Award

Gala 2012 – More than $100,000 raised

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Public Library, the 2012 Bob Edwards Award Gala captured the essence of 1912 Calgary at every turn, including a period-inspired menu and white glove dinner service.

Canadian Comedienne Mary Walsh, the 2012 Bob Edwards Award recipient, was recognized as ‘a truly remarkable woman whose spirit, strength, humour, humility and social awareness define her as a Canadian icon’. His Worship, Mayor Naheed Nenshi presented this distinguished Award to Mary Walsh. Hosting this elegant evening was Bob Edwards (played by local actor Duval Lang), the irascible and pugnacious (and deceased) editor of the The Calgary Eye Opener newspaper.

One of the signature trademarks of this gala is the prominent table hosts who help to create a truly notable experience for our guests. Calgary is home to many renowned authors, musicians, filmmakers, artists and athletes, some of whom undertook the role of table host. Their presence and gracious hospitality played an integral role in creating a memorable experience for our guests, as they had the opportunity to dine with a famous The Bob Edwards Award Gala also celebrated the creative talent of our city with local authors, filmmakers and musicians serving as Table Hosts for the evening. More than $100,000 was raised to support the Calgary Public Library and building readers for life.

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Mary Walsh, 2012 Bob Edwards Award Recipient

2012 Recipient, Mary Walsh

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Walsh’s first job in show business was working as a summer replacement radio announcer for the CBC. Through that position, she was offered a part in a local play and then joined the Newfoundland Travelling Theatre Company. Walsh made her TV debut in 1979 starring the CBC mini-series Up at Ours, set in a St. John’s boarding house.

In 1992 she began to work with former co-star and fellow Bob Edwards Award winner Rick Mercer to create This Hour Has 22 Minutes receiving strong ratings through the life of the show. Walsh’s character Marg Delahunty became famous for buttonholing politicians and submitting them to satirical interviews. Usually Marg Delahunty would recite a scripted piece intended to humiliate the politician, often by providing criticism and “grandmotherly” advice. Sometimes Marg appeared as “Marg, Princess Warrior”, a parody of the title character of Xena: Warrior Princess.

Walsh has honorary degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Trent University, and 18 Gemini Awards. She is also a Member of the Order of Canada and received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2012.