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Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit

The Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit is awarded to an elementary or secondary school student attending an Ontario public school within an OPSBA Member Board for a sound academic record and outstanding community service and leadership. The late Jack A. MacDonald touched the lives of hundreds of trustees and teachers in school boards throughout Ontario during his more than 26 years in the field of education. As a school trustee in Brantford, an active member of the Home and School Association, and the Executive Director and Secretary Treasurer of the Ontario Public School Trustees' Association for 17 years, Jack MacDonald compiled an impressive record of accomplishments and achievements. His care and concern for Ontario education and, specifically, for students prompted his colleagues and friends to institute this award in his memory in 1987. It is a fitting tribute to Jack MacDonald that his award honours an elementary or secondary school student attending an Ontario public school who has earned a sound academic record and has shown outstanding service and leadership in his or her community.

Terms of Award

  • All nominees must be elementary or secondary school students currently in attendance at an Ontario public school.
  • The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of a sound academic record throughout their school career, accompanied by outstanding community service and leadership.
  • Nominations must come from an independent third party, i.e. school boards, trustees, teachers and/or other individuals or community organizations interested in education.
  • A detailed academic record and account of each nominee's pertinent school service and accomplishments, and community service must accompany each nomination.
  • An honorarium of $500.00 is given to the individual selected as recipient of the Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit. The prize will be shared equally in the event of a first place tie.
  • In addition, Certificates of Recognition are awarded to up to two runner-up nominees for the Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit.

Nomination Information Checklist

To create a complete submission package outlining the candidate's accomplishments, please ensure they meet the award criteria and include the following information.

Criteria

Selected on the basis of a sound academic record throughout their career, accompanied by outstanding community service and leadership. All nominees must be elementary or secondary school students currently in attendance at an Ontario public school whose Board is a member of OPSBA.

Academic Record

A detailed official academic record must accompany the nomination form. A clear statement of academic achievements should be included.

Community Service and Leadership Summary

Include a point form summary of community service and accomplishments.

School Activities List

A summary sheet in point form with a detailed list of involvement in school activities, specifying the nominee's contribution.

Supporting Nominators List

A separate list of supporting nominators, where appropriate.
Endorsement by the school board, a letter of support from the Director of Education, or Chair of the school board is suggested, where possible. A letter of support from the head of guidance, teacher/coach, or school principal is also suggested.

Supplementary Information
Any additional material such as information relating to personal accomplishments, media clippings, project summaries, etc. may be included. Audio visual material is inadmissible.

Online Nomination Form


Award of Merit Winners

 

​2017

​Riley Beam

​Near North DSB

​2016​Zachary Misener​Avon Maitland DSB

2015​

​Charmaine Holland

Tristen Stinkowji

​DSB of Niagara

DSB Ontario North East

​2014​Chase Woon​Trillium Lakelands DSB
​2012​Christopher Grouchy​Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
​2011​Vicky Vanthof​DSB Ontario North East
​2010 ​Sung Wook Um​DSB of Niagara
​2009​Amy Cook​DSB Ontario North East

2008

​Dana Vanthof

Chelsea Green

​DSB Ontario North East

Hastings and Prince Edward DSB

​2007​Erica Hall​Rainbow DSB
​2006​Debeka Navaranjan​Toronto DSB
​2005​David Park​Halton DSB
​2004​Lianne Irish​Hastings and Prince Edward DSB
​2003​Sarah Reynolds​Trillium Lakelands DSB

2002

​Ritka Goel

Bikramjit Nahal

​Toronto DSB

Hamilton-Wentworth DSB

​2001​Raymond Balec​Lakehead DSB
​2000​Michael Teng​Hamilton-Wentworth DSB

1999

Cara Agar

Paula Tchen

District School Board of Niagara

Upper Canada DSB

 

Certificate of Recognition Winners

 

​2017

​Rachel Stripp

​Halton DSB

​2013​Brian Grant​Lambton Kent DSB

 

​2012

​Julie Chan

Chelsea Chen

Jacques St. Pierre

​Toronto DSB

Toronto DSB

Toronto DSB

2010

​Kyle Lubienieki

Madison Schaffner

William Warnica

​Greater Essex County DSB

DSB Ontario North East

Peel DSB


2009

​Justin Bairos Neves

Alyssa McKinley

​Peel DSB

Greater Essex County DSB

​2007​Adam Wheeler​Toronto DSB

2006

​Paul McGilvery

Patricia Dunn

​DSB Ontario North East

DSB of Niagara


2005

​Nico Elliott-Armstrong

Kaley Veerman

​Toronto DSB

DSB Ontario North East

​2004​Martin Brown​Rainbow DSB

​2003

​Andrew Brown

​Peel DSB

2002

​Kusala Jayasuriya

Robert Kempson

Huong H.N. Trinh

​Toronto DSB

Limestone DSB

Toronto DSB


2001

​Shokofeh Motlagh

Jonathan Schinkel

​Toronto DSB

Hamilton-Wentworth DSB


2000

Crystal Peralta

Rolf Nanninga

Peel DSB

DSB of Niagara