Each year, SLSC presents awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to SLSC’s mission and goals. A description of each award is provided below, along with a photo of the award’s namesake and the list of recipients.

The Braithwaite Award

The Braithwaite Award was created to honour individuals who have devoted their lives to the cause and vision of St. Leonard’s Society of Canada. It acknowledges their outstanding achievements, mentorship, and dedication that have both inspired and challenged the Society. 

This award is named for John Braithwaite who has been a friend of SLSC since its earliest days, providing both support and inspiration.

John Braithwaite

Past Winners

Rick Sauvé (2022)
Michel Gagnon (2021)
Mike Horne (2021)
John T. Clinton (2020)
John Braithwaite (2019)
Darrell Rowe (2017)
Elizabeth White (2016)
Mary Campbell (2015)
Joe Mell (2013)
John Sawdon (2010)

Barbara Nehiley (2008)
Donald G. Evans (2007)
Lou Drouillard (2005)
Roy Dungey & Wilma Douglas-Dungey (2003)

2022 Braithwaite Award Recipient, Rick Sauvé, with Anita Desai (SLSC) & Catherine Brooke (SLHW)

The Cody Award

The Cody Award recognizes people outside the Society who have made an outstanding contribution to humanitarian causes, and who have promoted the work of community-based residential facilities in the community.

This award is named for the late Bishop John C. Cody of London, Ontario, whose courageous support and generous donation helped to found St. Leonard’s House-Windsor at a time of intense public opposition.

John Cody

Past Winners

Dr. Carey Sturgeon (2023)                  Gibson & Lansdale Neighbourhood Association (2019)
Stinson Community Association (2019)
Justice Heather Perkins-McVey (2017)
Louis Gouin (2012)
Michael Crowley (2010)
Dr. Alan Leschied (2009)
Michael Elkins (2008)
Peter Wickwine (2008)
Johnathon Bancroft-Snell (2007)
William David Harrow (2004)

Lucie McClung (2003)                       James Murphy (2002)
Canon Sydney Davies (2001)
Mike Elkins (2000)
Brendan Reynolds (1999)
Ben O’Brien (1998)
Bernie Kroeker (1997)
Willie Gibbs (1997)
Doug Bonisteel (1997)
Wayne Oster (1996)
Judge Saul Nosanchuck (1994)
Fred Luciani (1992)

Senator Earl A. Hastings (1992)        Judge James Kent (1990)
Bill Davis (1985)
Marnie Knetchel (1983)
Atkinson Foundation (1982)
Louis Zeitoun (1981)
John Braithwaite (1980)
The Hon. R. Roy McMurty (1979)
The Hon. Frank Drea (1978)
Warren Allmand (1978)
Phyllis Haslam (1976)
Rev. T. Neil Libby (1976)

2023 Cody Award Recipient, Dr. Carey Sturgeon, with Michael Oates (SLCS)

The Elizabeth White Award for Mentorship

The Elizabeth White Award for Mentorship recognizes individuals who embody a spirit of mentorship that is forward-thinking, while remaining grounded in the mission, vision and values of SLSC.

The award is named after Elizabeth White, who served as SLSC’s Executive Director from 1996 through 2016. Throughout that time, she consistently took efforts to mentor young colleagues, cultivating a new, more diverse, forward-thinking generation of future leaders in the community and social justice sector.

Elizabeth White

Past Winners

Kerri Cushing-Mitchener (2022)

2022 Elizabeth White Award Recipient, Kerri Cushing-Mitchener, with Elizabeth White, Anita Desai (SLSC) & Michael Oates (SLCS)

The Gallagher Award

The Gallagher Award is presented to public servants who, as an employee of the Federal, Provincial or Municipal government, have given exemplary service in furthering the goals and objectives of St. Leonard’s Society of Canada.

The award was established in memory of the late Ray Gallagher, of London, ON.

Ray Gallagher

Past Winners

Dan Kunic (2021)
Monica Mavrak (2020)
Lisa Bayne (2019)
Lori MacDonald (2015)
Réjean Tremblay (2013)
Bev Arsenault (2011)

Vince Henderson (2010)
Mme. Justice Deborah Lingstone (2009)
Pat Banning (2003)
Gilles Thibault (2002)
David Cail (2001)
Barry Turnbull (2000)

Brian Lang (1999)
Les Judson (1998)
John Currie (1997)
Vince Macdonald (1992)

The Libby Fund Award

The Libby Fund Award is presented to people who have been in conflict with the law, and current or prospective staff members of SLSC affiliates to recognize and support their social service training, education, or knowledge enhancement. 

The award was named after reflecting Fr. Libby’s dedication The Libby Fund was initiated in memory of Rev. T. Neil Libby by the Dungey family of Vancouver, and has grown through the contributions of foundations, individuals, and SLSC affiliates.

T. Neil Libby

Past Winners

Thomas Dujmic (2022)
Kevin Madden (2021)
Alan Steele (2019)
Travis Lazier-Gray (2018)
Jame Alexander Donald (2017)
Steve Martel (2016)
Sarah Crivea (2014)
Akil Adu-Bekoe (2013)
Alfred Scott (2012)
Devan Kohlmeier (2011)
Kenneth Dunn (2009)
Christopher Halls (2006)
James Larocque (2003)
Tracey-Lee Thornbury (2002)
Gary Hingley (2001)
Renée Wears (2000)
Anthony Campbell (2000)
Cheryl Ingsley (1998)
Cindy Borg (1998)
Sonya Spencer (1997)
Ron DeRoches (1997)
Dennis Neveu (1997)
Richard Phillips (1996)
Guy Lount (1995)
Michael Dean (1994)
Timothy Bishop (1993)
Diego Bronstein (1993)
Dan Ray (1993)
Gerry Bezanson (1993)
Beverly Baxter (1992)
Cheryl Torrance (1992)
Calvin Henschell (1992)

Andrew Schoenhardt (1991)
K. Laing (1990)
Dan Gordon (1987)
Wayne Ford (1985)
Dave Gervais (1985)
Mr. Linguist (1985)
David Drake (1983)
Andrew Welch (1983)
Barbara Bennett-Bergeron (1983)
Mr. Robitaille (1982)
Ray Gallagher (1980)
John Sawdon (1980)

2022 Libby Fund Award Recipient, Thomas Dujmic, with Anita Desai (SLSC) & Danielle Kouri (SLSC)

The Luxton Award

This award honours volunteers and staff of St. Leonard’s who have made significant, long-term contributions to our cause.

This award was created to  commemorate Bishop George N. Luxton who not only supported a major investment by his Parish in downtown Windsor, but offered and financed the services of his associate, Fr. T. Neil Libby for two years, in order to help establish the new concept of halfway houses for ex-prisoners. His signature appears on our original charter.

George Luxton

Past Winners

Tracey Cortes (2023)                                Stu Diggon (2023)                          Michelle Graham (2022)
Michel Dunn (2021)
Merrikay Snelgrove (2019)
Monica Ross (2018)
Michel Gagnon (2015)
Susain Haines (2015)
Gilles Thibault (2012)
Doug Caldwell (2012)
Don Boudreau (2011)
David Whiteley (2011)
Elizabeth White (2010)
Richard Brown (2009)
Peter Aharan (2008)
Jerry Smyth (2008)
Darrel Rowe (2007)
John Clinton (2006)

Rebecca Howse (2005)                  Edward ‘Skip’ Graham (2005)
Joanne Knox (2004)
Paulah Dauns (2003)
Pauline Lambert (2002)
Barbara Nehiley (2001)
Joe Mell (2000)
Lynne Watts (1999)
Wilma Douglas-Dungey (1999)
Jim Roxborough (1998)
Walter Huculak (1997)
Don Simmons (1997)
Mike Walsh (1996)
Roy Dungey (1995)
Gary Hicks (1993)
Hershey Rose (1992)
George Anderson (1991)
Irene Evans (1991)

Lou Drouillard (1990)
Paul Vegina (1989)
Joan Atkinson (1988)
Yvon Leblanc (1988)
Ray Gallagher (1987)
Bill McGrath (1986)
Jerry Hames (1986)
Mildred Cusack (1986)
Roger Laforme (1985)
Dorothy Freel (1984)
Irene Girard (1983)
The Jaarsma’s (1983)
Joyce Waters (1983)
Judge James Kent (1982)
Madge Upcott (1982)
Kenneth Bolton (1981)

2023 Luxton Award Recipient, Stu Diggon, with Anita Desai (SLSC) & Anne Murphy (SLSC/SLHW)

2023 Luxton Award Recipient, Tracey Cortes with David Wiseman (HOH Board President), Anita Desai (SLSC), and Jim Murphy (HOH/SLSC)

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