About MYS: Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Award

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Macdonald Youth Services presents an award annually to a member of the community who best demonstrates the values and virtues of Sir Hugh John Macdonald. In particular, the individual demonstrates the following:

  • The values of respect and fairness towards youth: and,
  • Practical assistance for youth (e.g., shelter, training, employment) to help youth develop life skills for better tomorrows.

The award will consist of a plaque and $500.00.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recipients may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Recipients must agree to be present at the MYS Annual General Meeting (or similar public gathering) to accept the award.
  • Recipients may not be a current MYS staff member, foster parent or volunteer.


  • An annual Call for Nominations will be made in August by the Executive Director. Deadline September 15.
  • Current Board Members, staff members, volunteers and clients of MYS may nominate a recipient with supporting documentation to demonstrate that the individual meets the qualifications for the award.
  • The nominations will be reviewed by the committee of five including: Executive Director, President of the Board, one staff person, one Board Member and one former Board or staff member.
  • The award only will be presented in years in which a suitable individual is nominated.
  • Decisions of the adjudication committee will be final.
  • The award will be presented by a representative of the Board of Directors to the recipient at the Annual General Meeting, or similar public event.
Past Recipients:
  • 2014 Andrew McLean
  • 2013: Edward Kennedy
  • 2012: Louis Trepel
  • 2011: Tallman Family
  • 2010: Emily Shane
  • 2009: Bill Knight
  • 2008: George Sigurdson
  • 2005: Ulysses Desrochers
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