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TCDSB ​Awards Night 2021

Awards Night is the traditional celebration held by the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) to launch Catholic Education Week, and is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of our alumni, students, staff and friends of Catholic education.

Tune in to the TCDSB YouTube Channel on May 3, 2021 to view this year's award recipients!




Our Student Achievement Awards are given to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements academically, physically, or spiritually at the provincial, national or international level.

Maria & Reena., James Cardinal McGuigan
1st Place in HackerGals Code for Change Competition

Darlenea B. and Julienne H., St. Joseph's Morrow Park
1st Place at 2020 OBEA Contests

Student Achievement - Leadership

Paula U., Michael Power-St. Joseph: Paula has been a trailblazer in her school community, leading Black History Month planning throughout her high school career. She is also a recipient of the Youth Achievement Award at the 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards.

Emmanuel A., Chaminade College: Emmanuel has been active in dismantling racism in his schools and communities throughout his education, including working with Student Trustees, and leading and coordinating virtual student conversations about racism.

Madonna Club Council Co-Presidents (Elisa A., Kayla R., and Maria M.)​ and 
Madonna Ambassador Club Executive Team (Jessica M., Kayla R., Grace O., Abibat E.): For their commitment to student engagement and their creativity accommodating a virtual learning environment .

Student Achievement - Catholic Values

The following students have gone above and beyond contributing to their school and parish communities in unique ways, contributing to positive environments in an exceptionally challenging year:

Julian G., St. James Catholic School & St. Anne Virtual Academy of Learning 
Nathaniel A., St. Paul Catholic School

Etiosa O., Monsignor Percy Johnson

Makeda M., St. John Henry Newman


Our Alumni Awards recognize former TCDSB students who have achieved significant success in their chosen pathway, who have made a positive contribution to their community, and who represent the image of the Catholic learner.

Danielle Moore

St. Victor Catholic School and Francis Libermann Catholic High School (Class of 2012)

Danielle was a dedicated environmental advocate, who was selected to represent Canada at the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya because of her “out of the box, innovative thinking and leadership”, as described by UN officials. On March 10, 2019, while travelling to UNEA, Danielle was one of the victims who perished on Ethopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

Cheryl Perera

Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School (Class of 2003)

A lifelong advocate for human rights, Cheryl is the Founder and President of OneChild, the first organization in the world empowering children and youth to combat the sexual exploitation of children through prevention education, advocacy and mobilization, survivor care, and survivor empowerment. Operating in 11 countries, OneChild has been named as one of the Top 5 Canadian Charities run by Young Professionals.


The Award of Merit is given to accomplished individuals for their outstanding contributions to TCDSB and to Catholic education.

The Honorable Dr. Jean Augustine

Former TCDSB Teacher and Principal

Dr. Augustine has led an impressive career advocating for social justice, with a focus on anti-racism. This includes leading initiatives during her years at TCDSB that continue to resonate to this day, in addition to the nationwide impact she has had, such as by moving a Canada-wide motion to recognize February as Black History Month in 1996. Dr. Augustine's dedication to building better race relations in our communities is to be commended.


The Friend of Catholic Education award recognizes significant contributions to Catholic education made by members of the general public who have accomplished extraordinary service to Catholic Education, but who may not be Catholic.
George Long

Notre Dame High School and Loretto College School

Mr. Long was a community member who contributed to schools for 50+ years. Throughout his work, he consistently espoused his beliefs that: young women in education should be strongly empowered to pursue their goals; all students should be supported – whether Workplace, College or University bound; and no student who wants the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary education should be denied that opportunity because of financial need.


The Ashif Jaffer Award for Special Education Support recognizes a TCDSB teacher, education assistant, peer tutor/helper, or volunteer who has demonstrated excellence in the support of Special Education.

Robert Whitaker

Education Assistant, St. Victor Catholic School

Robert Whitaker is a collaborative contributor and effective team player, who is committed to the success of his students. He is caring, kind, compassionate, and patient, rising to meet any challenge, and facing each day with a smile and open arms, to help students achieve to the best of their abilities.


The Sister Mary Hamilton Award is given to exceptional students in recognitio​n of significant personal achievements or exceptional contributions to the lives of others.
Quinn R. and Chaela K., Holy Name Catholic School: For their inclusive and welcoming spirits, always advocating for those in need, and willingness to lend a helping hand to staff and students alike.
Brendan H., St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School: For achieving many personal accomplishments throughout his high school career.


Established in honour of International Women’s Day, this award is given annually to exceptional female students in Grade 8 or Grade 12, in recognition of leadership qualities.
Victoria M., St. Luigi Catholic School: A committed student and community member, Victoria has led and participated in a number of fundraisers and advocacy initiatives in her local and larger community, and has a passion for child labour education and awareness.
Makayla J., Loretto College School: A humble, thoughtful, respected role model and social-justice focused leader, Makayla has demonstrated a passion for giving back to the community through a number of initiatives she has spear-headed throughout the pandemic including student council elections and grade 9 orientation camp. She shows initiative, creativity and perseverance in creating positive change in her school and community.

Past Recipients

​View the full list of past award recipients.​