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March 30, 2018

James McGregor Stewart Award 2018 Open for Nominations

The James McGregor Stewart Society is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for its 2018 award. 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 April 

An award to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals living with a disability

The purpose of this fund is to provide an award recognizing high achievement by a Nova Scotian with a disability. It honors the accomplishments of Mr. James McGregor Stewart who overcame many barriers, despite a reliance on crutches throughout his life as a result of childhood polio. First in his class at Dalhousie Law School in 1914, he was also President of the Students’ Council. He was shortlisted for the Rhodes Scholarship but was not successful, in part due to concerns expressed about his physical disability by the Dalhousie University Senate. Nevertheless, Stewart went on to head a Halifax law firm that became the present day Stewart McKelvey. He was Chairman of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors. In 2000, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him as one of Canada’s ten greatest lawyers. This Fund was established by a friend of the James McGregor Stewart Society and donations by The Maple Tree Fund to recognize Nova Scotians living with a disability for their leadership, personal accomplishment or effective advocacy.


Nominations are accepted for residents of Nova Scotia with disabilities.

Selection Criteria 

Nominees will be evaluated for determination and achievement in conquering personal or externally imposed boundaries, with emphasis on leadership, personal excellence and advocacy.

Award Frequency and Value

The one-thousand dollar Award will be presented annually on June 30th, (probably a day or two earlier this year) the anniversary of the birth date of James McGregor Stewart.

Past winners

2015 Sarah Dube
2016 Clary Stubbert
2017 Gerry Post

You can easily make an online nomination here

-Gus Reed

James McGregor Stewart Society
(902) 482 4017

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