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Arts and Cultural Management (AACM) Award in Memory of Jim Draginda

January 23, 2014

Jim Draginda, AACM alumni and faculty member, passed away November 18, 2013 but his memory lives on in a new award established in his name. The Jim Draginda Memorial Award will honour a second-year Arts and Cultural Management student who:

  • is in good academic standing
  • demonstrates a commitment to volunteerism and community spirit
  • demonstrates a positive spirit, good sense of humour and who displays kindness to others.

Jim completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology, spent 13 years with the Edmonton Journal in advertising and community relations, three years on staff with the Alberta Capital Region United Way, and more than 15 years teaching evening courses and workshops for NAIT and MacEwan University. In 2001 he returned to school to, as he said, “follow his passion for and love of the arts” to complete the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan. Jim’s career led him to work with organizations including the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Workshop West, MLA Laurie Blakeman’s
constituency office and Meals on Wheels.

Jim was also an avid volunteer who devoted his time to community service for many organizations, including the Arts and Cultural Administrators Association, Alberta Community Development’s Board Development Program (where he volunteered as an instructor), and ELOPE Musical Theatre as a board member and production manager for their annual musical production.

Those who knew him knew that he was a trained clown—and even when not in costume could have anyone laughing within minutes. Jim will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Donations to the award can be made online or by calling 780-497-5410.

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