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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.

Award of Merit Recipients

2021 Suraj Bansal York Region DSB
2019 Hannah Burrows Ottawa-Carleton DSB
2018 ​Dasha Metropolitansky Halton DSB
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

2021

Aaliyah Jaleel

Maya Lekhi

Durham DSB

York Region DSB

2019

​Sean McCloskey

Stephanie Hrynkiw

Renfrew County DSB

Hamilton-Wentworth DSB

2018

​Sophia Kallitsis

Madeleine Leach Jarrett

Ali Bokhari

Pablo Gonzalez

Samantha Stevenson

Upper Grand DSB

Rainbow DSB

Toronto DSB

Toronto DSB

DSB Ontario North East

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

 

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