About the Pearl McGonigal Award
Established in 2019, the Pearl McGonigal Award honours an individual or group for outstanding contributions to Grace Hospital and our community at large. Ms. McGonigal was the award’s first recipient in May of 2019.
The award itself was created by noted local sculptor Jordan Van Sewell. Mr. Van Sewell and Ms. McGonigal have been friends for decades. The sculpture embodies the “Spirit of Grace” with its beautiful prairie sky and flowing Sturgeon Creek. Each recipient of the Pearl McGonigal Award receives a replica of the original award.
On October 24, 2023, the Grace Hospital Foundation recognized Bob and Cathy Tallman, The Tallman Family, The Princess Auto Foundation and the Trans Canada Brewing Company with the Pearl McGonigal Award for a lifetime of achievement.
During the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tallman Family was there for the Grace. In January 2021, they did something extraordinary. The Princess Auto Foundation contacted us with an offer to feed our staff 100 meals at lunch and 100 meals at dinner, every day, for the entire month. Then they extended that to February and then again in May and June. All told, in 2021, 2022 and 2023, the Princess Auto Foundation provided the staff at the Grace with over 20,000 hot meals.