The Canadian Student Leaders Awards
CSLA is pleased to offer twelve $500.00 annual student awards to exemplary student leaders from across Canada. The aim of these awards is to recognize outstanding achievement and contribution to student leadership in secondary schools and communities across Canada. These awards are the highest recognition CSLA gives to student leaders in Canada.
There will be a Canadian Student Leader Award offered to one deserving student from each province, the territories, and one discretionary award. In the event that there is no eligible applicant from a province or the territories, the CSLA Board of Directors will, at their discretion, award additional discretionary awards as is deemed merited.
The CSLA Board of Directors will approve award winners. Applicants will be evaluated on whether or not they meet the meet the award criteria.
Section One: Eligibility
To be eligible for the award, the individual must:
- Be a graduating student in a secondary school in Canada;
- Be in good academic standing (70%+ average over last two years of study);
- Be from a current CSLA member school;
- Have demonstrated a capacity for student leadership by making significant contributions to his/her school and/or community;
- Have provided service throughout his or her secondary school experience;
- Be planning on post-secondary education (see award requirements)
Section Two: Application Requirements and Instructions
In order to successfully apply for a bursary, applicants must complete the following:
- Submit a student profile (see application package below);
- Respond to a series of questions aligned with the Six Pillars of Leadership (see application package below);
- Submit an endorsement by a teacher who provides an anecdotal description (maximum 500 words) of the student’s contributions to student leadership in his/her school and/or community, and why he/she is deserving of a student leadership award; and
- Submit an official or unofficial transcript showing a current academic standing of 70%+.
*Award winners will be asked to provide permission to publicize their names and responses.
All applications must be submitted to the Board of Directors by May 1st either electronically or in print form.
- Electronic submissions should consist of a single PDF document, and be emailed to email@example.com,
- Print submissions should be submitted with all application requirements included together in one envelope. Print submissions should be mailed to: 2460 Tanner Road, Victoria BC, V8Z 5R1
Section Three: Award Criteria
Award winners will be determined based on an evaluation of the following criteria:
- Leadership Development
- Leadership and service in school
- Leadership and service in the community
- Responses to Application Questions
- Academic standing
Section Four: Award Requirements
Canadian Student Leaders Award winners will be asked to submit proof that they will be pursuing post-secondary education, where post secondary education is defined as:
Postsecondary education refers to those whose highest level of educational attainment is an apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma (including ‘centres de formation professionnelle’); college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma; university certificate or diploma below bachelor level; or a university degree (bachelor’s degree; university certificate or diploma above bachelor level; degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry; master’s degree; earned doctorate). –Statistics Canada
Award winners will be able to put their scholarship towards tuition or other expenses related to their post-secondary education endeavours.
The Barry Sharpe Award
This award was instituted in April of 1995 at the Board of Directors’ meeting held in Toronto. It is to be presented to CSLA advisors who have given outstanding service to the said organization. During the January 1996 Board meeting, it was pointed out that this award must be used “sparingly” because it is intended to be something special.
Barry Sharpe was an activity director at Yorkton Regional High School, and Barry, along with his students and staff, ran the very first Canadian Student Leadership Conference. It was Barry’s vision and efforts that inspired other advisors from across the country to formalize student leadership.
This award is the highest recognition that an advisor can receive in the realm of student leadership and activities. It is given in recognition of exemplary effort and inspiration to a person who has furthered the cause of student leadership and activities in Canada.
1995 Murray Baker, Kitchener
1996 Wayne MacCullough, Burnaby
1997 Josephine Budgell, Bishop’s Falls
1998 Dave Conlon, Cambridge
1999 George Takashima, Lethbridge
2000 John Thompson, Cambridge
2001 Gane Olsen, Edmonton
2003 Tam Fawcett, Halifax
2006 Bill Conconi, Victoria
2008 Al La Fontaine, Mission
2009 Don Wheler, Lashburn
2010 Don MacKay, Moncton
2011 Brent Allen, Wainwright
2013 Don Homan, Prince George
2014 Dorothy Karlson, Cochrane
2015 Nicole Haire, Summerside
Leaders of Distinction Award
Each year, CSLA recognizes its “Leaders of Distinction” from schools across Canada. A Leader of Distinction is an advisor (education professional) who has consistently demonstrated excellence in leadership and an extraordinary commitment to the development of student leadership in Canada.
Nominations for Leaders of Distinction
Nominations for Leaders of Distinction are reviewed and approved by the provincial representatives on CSLA’s National Advisory Council. Award winners are announced annually at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference.
Leaders of Distinction are awarded by province and territory. Up to two* individuals from each province or territory may be designated a Leader of Distinction award each year.
* Two awards will be granted as is deemed merited. Circumstances in which two awards are granted include: to recognize contributions from advisors in English and French communities, schools and districts; when two people have acted as co-chairs for a major leadership event, or have worked together in partnership on a number of leadership projects; and/or if the legacy of leadership at a school or school district can be equally attributed to the efforts of both individuals.
Section One: Eligibility
A candidate must be an active or past member of CSLA, and/or an active or past member of one of the following provincial associations:
- British Columbia Association of Student Activity Advisors (BCASAA)
- Alberta Association of Student’s Councils and Advisors (AASCA)
- Saskatchewan Association of Student Council Advisors (SASCA)
- Manitoba Student Leadership Association (MSLA)
- Quebec Student Leadership Association (QSLA)
- New Brunswick Student Leadership Association (NBSLA)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Student Activity Advisors (NLASAA)
Section Two: Award Criteria
Nominated candidates are leaders who:
- Show an extraordinary commitment to student leadership;
- Have enhanced their school’s or school district’s climate and culture;
- Demonstrate excellence in leadership and service to students, colleagues, institutions, and the profession;
- Go above and beyond showing by demonstrating innovation and imagination in their role as teachers, coaches, and mentors;
- Are committed to professional growth.
Section Three: Nomination Procedures
CSLA’s provincial representatives are responsible for Leader of Distinction nominations. To ensure a fair and open nomination process, the following people and groups are also invited to submit nominations for consideration by CSLA’s provincial representatives:
- Informal groups of faculty or students, or both
- Local Faculty Associations
- Local Student Councils
The submission should include:
- A completed Leader of Distinction nomination form;
- A letter of endorsement from the school board, principal, or colleague, which highlights the nominees’ special qualifications for this award.
Section Four: Entry Instructions
Completed nominations should be emailed in a single PDF the corresponding CSLA provincial representative:
British Columbia: Lenora Poulin
Alberta: Heather McCaig
Saskatchewan: Deavin Vanthuyne
Manitoba: Jamie Harrison
Ontario: Jenn Lemieux
Quebec: Isabelle Alarie
New Brunswick: Melissa Wright
Prince Edward Island: Dia-Lynn Keough
Nova Scotia: Greg Albers
Newfoundland and Labrador: John Dennison
Nominations from the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut should be emailed to Bill Conconi, CSLA Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed nominations must be received by June 1st. Please contact your provincial representative to confirm any additional requirements for nominations that may be unique to each province.