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April 6, 2016

James McGregor Stewart Award 2016 Open for Nominations

The James McGregor Stewart Society is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for its 2016 award. This year the competition is a month early, to coordinate with the first-ever wheelchair event in the Blue Nose Marathon. Josh Cassidy, world record holder in the wheelchair marathon, and Canadian, will be in Halifax to present the $1000 Stewart award on the evening of May 20. The official description of the award follows. I can think of dozens of folks who deserve serious consideration, and I bet you can too. Please nominate people who have worked so hard for themselves and their community. The deadline for nominations is May 1.

You can easily make an online nomination here

-Gus Reed

Do You Know an Outstanding Nova Scotian Living with a Disability?

Apr 1 Halifax: The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is seeking nominations for the 2016 James McGregor Stewart Award that recognizes the achievement of a Nova Scotian living with a disability. This $1000 award is named after James McGregor Stewart. 

Nominations are due by April 30th, 2016 and the Award will be given on May 20th, 2016. This year the award will be presented by world champion wheelchair marathoner Josh Cassidy. Cassidy is a Canadian who will be in Halifax in conjunction with the first-ever elite wheelchair event, part of Blue Nose Marathon weekend.

It is rare for persons with disabilities to be masters of their own destinies. That’s why friends of the James McGregor Stewart Society established the Fund as a way to recognize the potential of people like James McGregor Stewart.

The award will be given to a Nova Scotian living with a disability for his/her leadership, personal accomplishment and/or effective advocacy. The Award recipient will be selected through a nomination process and each will be evaluated for determination and achievement in conquering personal or externally imposed boundaries, with an emphasis on leadership, personal excellence and advocacy.

James McGregor Stewart, 1889-1955, son of a Pictou lawyer, grandson of a Cape Breton
minister, was Nova Scotia’s premier corporate lawyer, and he wrote the rules for many of our most successful and long-lived companies. He was president of the Canadian Bar between the wars. He is one of fewer than 500 Canadians to be awarded the Commander of the British Empire for services to the Empire in WW II. His obituary was in the New York Times.

He was the gold medalist of his class at Pictou Academy, and at Dalhousie, where he studied classics. Stewart went on to lead his Law School class, shaped Eastern Canada's leading corporate law firm, was Chairman of Dalhousie's Board of Governors, and was an authority on Rudyard Kipling.

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is an action centre for philanthropy that provides the knowledge and support to inspire our communities, charities and individuals to gather, give and grow. To learn more about this award and the others we support, please visit http://cfns-fcne.ca/

For more information, feel free to contact: 

Warren Reed
James McGregor Stewart Society
(902) 482 4017

Sarah Williams
Community Foundation of Nova Scotia
(902) 490-9915

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