When Kevin Kobus received the 2016 Higgins Award last June, he was quick to turn the attention to past recipients. Kobus was the 41st Annual Higgins Award recipient, and said he felt honoured to be among the list of past winners.
“It is a privilege to be joining such an accomplished group,” he said during his acceptance speech at the CCSTA AGM in Yellowknife. “I note in particular Greg McNally’s name on this list. Greg was a friend and valued colleague. Like others who have received this award, he is a fine example of what those involved in Catholic education should strive to be.”
The Higgins Award is in memory of a distinguished Canadian jurist and Catholic School Trustee, the Honourable Justice James Higgins of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Each year, the CCSTA Board of Directors presents an award to a person or group that has made an outstanding contribution to Catholic education in Canada.
From Ontario to Newfoundland to British Columbia, the award recognition has made its way across the entire country honouring those who have made an impact on Catholic education in Canada.
The Nomination Criteria
Nominations for the 2017 award will be accepted until January 15, 2017. When nominated, a person has to meet the following criteria:
1. The Higgins Award is awarded to a person or group who has displayed exceptional leadership, commitment and vision to the cause of Catholic education in Canada.
2. Nominations may be made only by a member provincial association, a Catholic School Board in Canada, or any member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. CCSTA Directors should not write a letter of reference.
3. The nominee shall be a person or group whose contribution has been specifically in and for Catholic Education in Canada.
4. Recognition is for contribution made over a period of time rather than for an exceptional contribution on a single occasion.
5. No person or group may receive the Award more than once. 6. Members of the Board of Directors, employees, or persons on contract or otherwise engaged by the Board may not be nominated for the Higgins Award during their tenure.
Each year, the selection committee reviews the nominations, and it’s always a difficult choice to select just one person/group for the award.
The winner receives the award at the CCSTA annual AGM, which will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario this June.
Do you have a person or group in mind who qualifies? Then learn more about the award and how to nominate a deserving educator, trustee or layperson by visiting the Higgins Award webpage.