The Moose Jaw Honours Award dates back to 1999, when the late Gary Hyland was reading about the annual Al Miller Lifetime Community Service Award in New York City. Hyland then read an article about an important community-building personality from Moose Jaw's past in a Times-Herald column by Leith Knight and, eureka, the idea for the Moose Jaw Honours Award was conceived.
Hyland approached Heritage Moose Jaw to conduct research into Moose Javians past and present, living and deceased, who might be considered for the award and, ever since, it has been an annual celebration in the Friendly City.
The award is presented as a tribute to a citizen, living or dead, who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the quality of life in Moose Jaw and district. A "Wall of Fame" consisting of photos of those honoured with citations in a Tribute Book are on permanent display in the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.