This was originally called the Marg Montgomery Heart Award, in memory of a long time, well-loved member of Sweet Adelines and member of the chorus.
In 1998, the Management Team created this award to preserve the best of Marg for many years to come. Each year in April, the outgoing management team chooses one member of our chorus to receive this award.
The key attributes of the member of The Heartland Singers that receives this honour includes:
A keen and frequently-used sense of humour
A commitment to the chorus in every way: attendance, attitude, work ethic
A friendly and outgoing nature and a sense of hospitality extended to guests and fellow members
A genuine attraction and devotion to the younger and newer members of the chorus
A keen promoter of excellence in our art form, including support for quartets
A positive, cheerful and optimistic nature
A member who has demonstrated these attributes consistently over a number of years
2022 Dorothea Phair
2021 Leila Brown 2020 Amy Smith 2019 Diana Simpson 2018 Jacquie Di Federico
Sweet Adeline of the Year
Awarded to Adriana Fraser
Annually, each member of The Heartland Singers is asked to nominate a member of the chorus who has shown outstanding qualities and made the greatest contribution to the betterment of the chorus. This member is recognized for all that they do for the chorus, visibly or quietly in the background.
2022 Emily Hirtle
2021 Leila Brown 2020 Carol Sullivan 2019 Lori Johnston 2018 Diana Simpson 2017 Jacquie Di Federico 2016 Monica Lutzak 2015 Valerie Clowes 2014 Rachel Gagne & Dorothea Phair 2013 Jennifer Gold 2012 Avril Condappa 2011 Melba MacDonald 2010 Kristen Emery 2009 Linda Tupholme 2008 Heidi Wyatt 2007 Heather Weeden 2006 Grace Lawrence 2005 Carol Cederberg 2004 Dorothea Phair 2003 Ghislaine Sukovski 2002 Carolann Ritcey 2001 Marg Duncan 2000 Rita Ingram 1999 Andrea Thorne-Percy 1998 Mirium Gates 1997 Shelley Houghton 1996 Lynne Lucas