Are you or someone you know planning or enrolling in an educational program in the next year?  If so, YMCA Canada offers a variety of Education Awards that can help.  Please read on for more information and ensure that you submit your application on or before March 29, 2019, to be considered.

If you have any questions or require assistance in the application process please contact Amy Rector, Human Resources Manager [email protected]

2019 Education Awards

  • The J.H. Gundy Award: In memory J.H. Gundy,“a great Canadian gentleman, an eminently successful businessman, and one whose life was a great example and inspiration to all who knew him”, this $1,000 annual award enables full-time YMCA management or staff to complete their undergraduate or graduate studies, as well as other specialized courses to further their YMCA career.


  • The S.J. Moore Award: In memory of S.J. Moore, “one of Canada’s great business innovators and religious leaders”, this $2,000 annual award is available to YMCA staff who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and wish to continue toward the development of a spiritual personality and building an inclusive society.


  • The Donald S. McCuaig Leadership Development Award: This $1,000 award provides an opportunity for professional staff or volunteers working with youth groups in physical education or sports activities, to improve their leadership abilities and grasp the foundational values of YMCA programming. This award is intended for the training of staff or volunteers who give direct leadership to leader training corps, competitive sports teams*, and physical activity clubs for youth designed and conducted to keep the youth involved over a period of several years. *Competitive sports teams governed by the ‘every participant is a winner’ philosophy with practices that place the welfare of the participant before winning medals.


  • The Rix Rogers Community Builders Award: In memory of “an outstanding community leader who championed the YMCA’s vital role in building stronger communities through collaborative solutions with community partners”, this $2,000 annual award is available to support the development of staff who give leadership to the YMCA’s community building efforts by mobilizing exceptional initiatives confronting community issues affecting individuals and families (i.e. youth-at-risk, child abuse, homeless youth, etc.).


  • The Mary and Murray Shantz YMCA Leadership Development Program: Made possible through the Shantz’s generous donation, each year this program offers a percentage of the income from the original investment to enable the placement of post-secondary students in 1 to 3 internships in YMCAs across Canada. For 2019, the total amount available is $40,000 and is provided directly to the Association for travel, training, stipends, etc. to help the intern get the most out of their experience.


  • The C.F. Basil Tippet Volunteer Award: Established through the donations of Tippet Richardson Limited and the Tippet Foundation in recognition of the outstanding leadership of C.F. Basil Tippet, this $1,000 award supports the development and recognition of the achievements of a young YMCA volunteer serving as a positive role model for children, youth, and young adults in their YMCA and community.

Friday, March 15: Helene and George Coward Young Leader Award nominations deadline
This Award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a YMCA young leader (under 30 years of age) in building healthier and more inclusive communities, locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally. The Award’s recipient will receive an international learning experience valued up to $6,000.

Wednesday, March 27: 2019 YMCA Innovation Awards nominations deadline
The YMCA Innovation Awards are in recognition of innovative, entrepreneurial risk-takers who have developed new or better ways of achieving the YMCA mission while advancing initiatives within Plan Y: Expedition.

Selection Criterion: Applications will be assessed by the Educational Awards Committee based:

  • Career Plans
  • Past contributions to the YMCA and community
  • A breadth of YMCA experience
  • Financial need

How to Apply: A fully completed application form must be submitted on or before March 29, 2019.

  • Applications must be endorsed with a signature of the Chief Executive Officer, Brian Posavad
  • Applications must include 3 recommendation letters from people in direct contact with the applicant
  • Applicants must be planning to enrol in an educational program within the next 12 months. Registration confirmation is required before the award is issued.
  • Applicants are recommended to apply for one award only