The nomination deadline is arriving quickly for those interested in acknowledging deserving individuals with the Justice James Higgins Award given by CCSTA.
Submissions are due by Thursday, Jan. 15 and can be sent online or by mail. Criteria and the nominations process saw brief changes this year, making the process more streamlined.
CCSTA’s Higgins Award is presented in memory of Canadian Catholic school trustee and jurist, the Honourable Justice James Higgins. It reflects recognition of an exceptional contribution to Catholic education in Canada. The board of directors presents the Higgins Award annually to an individual or a group within Canada who fits the criteria.
The 2014 award winner, Kevin Feehan, was both humbled and excited to receive the award during the CCSTA Annual General Meeting in June 2014 in Kingston, Ontario. Feehan said he continues to be passionate about Catholic education and strives to help preserve and enhance it for the future.
“I fundamentally believe in the principles of Catholic education. We need a system founded on the principles of the gospel in which the messages of the Catholic Church are fully permeated in a school setting,” he told CCSTA. “This is the gift of the Holy Spirit which is left in your trust.”
This year, the nominations can be submitted both electronically or by mail to help make the process easier. Supporting documentation should outline the nominee’s significant contribution to Catholic education in Canada, leadership qualities and witness to faith, as well as breadth of experience in Canadian Catholic education.
John Stunt, executive director of CCSTA, noted that the award is the highest honour bestowed by the association, with careful consideration given to naming the recipient each year. “We encourage nominations as we recognize there are many deserving people and groups who give of themselves every day to advance and advocate for Catholic education in Canada,” Stunt said.
He went on to note that recognition is for contributions made over a period of time rather than for an exceptional contribution on a single occasion.