Awards

Harmony Awards

Harmony Movement is proud to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations who are doing amazing work to promote equity and diversity in their communities and in the classroom.

Harmony Award

This award is presented to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in the promotion of harmony, diversity and equity in Canada. Past award recipients include Jessica Yee, Roméo Dallaire, The Toronto Star, Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg.

The award is given annually in recognition of an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution towards eliminating barriers to diversity in Canada. Award recipients are leaders in Canada who have a commitment and have worked tirelessly to enrich the diversity of our country. The award is presented annually at the Harmony Award Banquet.

Eligibility of Nominees – Any Canadian individual, organization, group or business may be nominated for the award. Candidates could include, but are not limited to, educators, writers, community workers, artists, service clubs, social action groups, multicultural organizations, schools, media, businesses, professional organizations, coalitions. Successful candidates must agree to be publicly acknowledged and to be present at the annual Harmony Awards to receive the award.

Deadline for award nominations has been extended to July 18, 2017. Apply using this form.

2017: Crossing Borders

2017 HARMONY SOCIAL CHANGEMAKERS AWARD

Crossing Borders

By Lynn Schulze

Crossing Borders is a group of students that comprises newcomers to Canada, Canadian-born youth and alumni of Waterloo Collegiate Institute. They raise awareness about newcomer issues by breaking down barriers and stereotypes with one powerful story at a time.

The team gives more than 100 multi-media performances a year where youth share their stories using compelling visual presentations, spoken word, film, drama, documentary, dance and music. It has been generously sponsored by Speak-Up, the Laidlaw Foundation, and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

Many of the students in Crossing Borders are not who you would typically see on a stage. Some are newcomers who have joined only weeks after arriving to Canada. Getting involved and being valued helps the Crossing Borders student team gain confidence and take leadership in community building.

In addition to the Harmony Social Changemakers Award, Crossing Borders has been a recipient of the World Refugee Day Award of Distinction by the Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns and the Ken Spencer National Education Award for Innovation.

Lynn Schulze is the educator-lead with the Crossing Borders Team, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo Region District School Board

Video: Crossing Borders awards acceptance.

Harmony Educator Award

The Harmony Educator Award recognizes a front-line teacher who courageously demonstrates his/her passion and commitment to inspiring and educating our youth to be leaders for social justice and change.

The Harmony Educator Award is presented to a “front-line” educator (such as a teacher) who has day-to-day and direct interaction with the student community,  in recognition of their exemplary achievements in promoting diversity in both their schools and their communities.

Deadline for award nominations has been extended to July 18, 2017. Apply using this form.

Mary A. Samuel Harmony Leadership in Education Award

The Mary A. Samuel Harmony Leadership in Education Award pays tribute to an educator in an administrative or research and academia role who has made significant contributions in advancing equitable and inclusive education during his/her career.

The Mary A. Samuel Harmony Leadership in Education Award is presented to an educator who is in an administrative role (such as a principal, equity officer, trustee, etc.) or in research and academia, in recognition of their exemplary achievements in promoting diversity in their school/board and community.

Deadline for award nominations has been extended to July 18, 2017. Apply using this form.

2017: Cardinal Leger

2017 HARMONY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD

Cardinal Léger Secondary School
Brampton, Ontario

By Heather Reid

Located in the heart of Brampton’s Flower City, Cardinal Léger is Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board’s oldest secondary school. Alongside Brampton’s evolving cultural diversity, Léger is proudly building a welcoming school community for students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

As a school, we are at the forefront of social change, social justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity within the board. Through community outreach programs like the Knights Table, Food for Children, and the Gift of Giving back, our students actively model Léger’s values of equity and inclusivity.

To enrich our cultural awareness and promote learning among our school community, staff and students have shared their experiences from the Nicaragua Social Justice trip and the YMCA Cultural Exchange to Nunavut.

At Cardinal Léger, we recognize that identity is a highly personal experience and it’s our job, as a school, to create safe spaces where all are included. The grade nine Native Studies course, the Unity Club, and Lancers against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia are just some of examples of such spaces. Supporting people with different gender identities, sexual orientations, interests, talents, physical abilities, and political points of view is core to our values.

Our school’s Red Feather Project honours and remembers the Murdered and Missing Women and Girls in Canada. This is a perfect example of how community partners, students, and staff have taken ownership and responsibility for allyship with Canada’s Indigenous communities. The Red Feather Project is expanding beyond our school to other educational institutions.

Cardinal Léger would like to thank the Harmony Movement for recognizing our school’s efforts to infuse inclusivity and equity into every aspect of our student’s educational experience.

Heather Reid is a Digital Arts and Photography Teacher.

Video: Cardinal Léger Secondary School award acceptance.

Harmony Community Educator Award

This award is presented to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the promotion of harmony, diversity, and equity in the community.

The award is given annually in recognition of an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution towards eliminating barriers to diversity and social inclusion in the community. Award recipients are leaders in Canada who have a commitment and have worked tirelessly to enrich the diversity of our country. The award is presented annually at the Harmony Award Banquet.

Eligibility of Nominees – Any Canadian individual, organization, group or business may be nominated for the award. Candidates could include but are not limited to, educators, writers, community workers, artists, service clubs, social action groups, multicultural organizations, schools, media, businesses, professional organizations, coalitions. Successful candidates must agree to be publicly acknowledged and to be present at the annual Harmony Awards to receive the award.

Deadline for award nominations is Wednesday, July 30th, 2017. Apply using this form.

2017 Award Winners

2017 Harmony Award

We started ETJC/The Toronto Unity Mosque out of necessity and of Love. El-Tawhid Juma Circle went from a bright idea to reality, because we believed, and still do, that all people are equal in and before Allah/God...

2017 Social Changemakers Award

rossing Borders is a group of students that comprises newcomers to Canada, Canadian-born youth and alumni of Waterloo Collegiate Institute. They raise awareness about newcomer issues by breaking down barriers...

2017 Harmony Educator Award

Derik is the complete package of a social justice educator. He strives to make his classroom safe and inclusive, knowing it isn’t enough if he’s not working outside school to dismantle the systems that put students...

2017 Leadership in Education Award:

As a school administrator, Jeewan has established strong relationships and worked collaboratively with the students, staff, families and community to build a positive school climate...

2017 School of the Year

Located in the heart of Brampton’s Flower City, Cardinal Léger is Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board’s oldest secondary school. Alongside Brampton’s evolving cultural diversity, Léger is proudly building a...

2017 Harmony Community Educator Award

Itah’s objective is simple and to the point: to work with organizations that engage in programs for youth with the focus on education, pathways to success and community economic development...