The Eileen Nash Memorial Award

An award that recognizes the efforts of individuals providing services on a pro bono basis to benefit the Edmonton community.


About The Honourable Madam Justice Eileen Nash

Justice Nash was born in England on June 14, 1949 and moved shortly thereafter to Winnipeg, MB with her parents. She attended St. Mary’s Academy from Grade 1 until her graduation from Grade 12 in 1967. Justice Nash received her B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Manitoba in 1971 and her LL.B from that university in 1974. Justice Nash’s distinguished career began in 1975 when she was admitted to the Alberta Bar and joined the Crown Prosecutors Office. In 1987, she was named Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor and was appointed a member of the Special Prosecutions Branch in January 1988. As a crown prosecutor, Justice Nash was well known as diligent, thorough, independent, formidable and fair. After many years of distinguished public service, Justice Nash was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta on May 13, 1991. On February 1, 1993, Justice Nash was elevated to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Justice Nash’s judicial career reflected a deep commitment to the justice system. The Bar and the Bench will forever remember her for her demanding approach to judging, which earned her an outstanding reputation for integrity, wisdom and courage. Justice Nash’s reputation for discipline and determination was also made on the running trails and in the gym, where she worked and played with tireless enthusiasm.


About the Eileen Nash Memorial Award

In memory and celebration of the life of Justice Nash, a fund known as the Eileen Nash Memorial Fund has been set up with the Edmonton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to recognize the efforts of individuals providing services on a pro bono basis so as to benefit our community by providing support for those charities and charitable causes that will enhance the quality of living for under-privileged people in the Edmonton area.


The recipient of the Eileen Nash Memorial Award shall be entitled to provide advice and recommendations to the Edmonton Community Foundation Board regarding the disbursement of income from the Eileen Nash Memorial Fund to a charity or charitable cause in the Edmonton area.  Further, each award recipient will be honoured at the Edmonton Bar Association’s Annual Judges’ Dinner.


The Eileen Nash Memorial Award is granted every 1-3 years, depending upon the status of the fund.


Selection Procedure

The Board of Directors of the Edmonton Bar Association is very pleased to have been chosen as the body which will select one or more persons to receive the Eileen Nash Memorial Award.

The selection committee will review nominations with a view to selecting individuals who have made a substantial dedication of their time and talents on a pro bono basis to under-privileged persons or to causes supporting under-privileged persons in the Edmonton area who would not likely otherwise have received the benefit of such services.


Individual members of the legal profession or the judiciary are eligible for nomination.


Deadline and Submission

Nominations must be received by December 14, 2020.


Please send the completed Nomination Form (download at the link above) by email to:

Bill Hendsbee, Q.C.


Past Award Recipients


Award Recipient

Grant Recipient(s)


Doug Stollery

Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation


John Henderson

Edmonton Centre for Equal justice (now the Edmonton Community Legal Centre)


Yessy Byl

Edmonton Centre for Equal justice (now the Edmonton Community Legal Centre)


Frederica Schutz

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton


Arman Chak

Center for Islam & Science; Centre for Race & Culture; Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta; Markaz-Ul-Islam Society of Edmonton


Tara Hayes

Youth Restorative Action Project; Youth Emergency Shelter Society


Ronald Hopp

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law


Shelagh McGregor

iHuman Youth Society



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2020/2021 President

Monelle Sturko


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