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Viola Desmond Award Nomination Deadline

  • WHAT:
    Viola Desmond Award Nomination Deadline
  • DATE:
    February 14, 2016 - February 15, 2016
  • TIME:
    All Day

About the Viola Desmond Awards and Banquet Dinner

The annual Viola Desmond Awards and Banquet Dinner took place on May 11th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Mattamy Athletic Centre‘s Coca Cola Court. Featured, was the achievements of accomplished Black women in Canada and the debut of the $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman to be on the face of Canada’s currency.

 

Award eligibility and nomination details

Each year, awards are presented to four members of the Black community - a female faculty member, a female staff member, a current female Ryerson student and a local area female high school student who plans on attending post-secondary education after graduation. The current student and the high school awards each include a bursary.

The faculty, staff and Ryerson student awards are named in honour of other notable women in Canadian Black history each year. For 2018, the awards were named for:

The Viola Desmond Award is presented each year to a high school student.

 

 

Awards & Bursary Recipients

 
2018 - Viola Desmond Awardees and Recipients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Melanie Knight, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Sociology

Recipient of the Dr. Malinda Smith Faculty Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Emily Agard, Director of SciXchange, Department of Chemistry and Biology

Recipient of the Mme Vivian Barbot Staff Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susanne Nyaga, Student, Social Work, Faculty of Community Services School of  Social Work

Recipient of the Honorable Mayann Francis Ryerson Student Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shanique Peart, Student, Central Technical School

Recipient of the Viola Desmond High School Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Mepaiyeda, Student, Computer Science, Faculty of Science

Recipient of the Viola Desmond Bursary

2017 - Viola Desmond Awardees and Recipients

Annette Bailey, Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Recipient of the Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard Faculty Award

Donica Willis, Graphic and Web Specialist, Student Affairs Recipient of the Ms. Rosemary Sadlier Ryerson Staff Award

Devenae Bryce, Student, Business Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management Recipient of the Ms. Paulette Senior Ryerson Student Award

Siifan Hassen, Central Technical School Recipient of Viola Desmond High School Student Award

Sharon Folkes-Hall, Student, School of Social Work Recipient of 2017 Viola Desmond Bursary

 

 

Eligibility Criteria & Nominations

 
Eligibility for the Ryerson student award

The applicant/nominee must:

  • Self-identify as a female;
  • Self-identify as Black, African Canadian or have Black/African Canadian ancestry;
  • Be a current full-time or part-time Ryerson University student in good academic standing;
  • Be a positive role model and advocate of the Black/African-Canadian community;
  • Have a consistently good academic standing;
    • Students enrolled during the current academic year with a minimum 1.67 cumulative grade point average and a clear academic standing will be considered.
  • Be an active leader in her community who has made a positive difference in areas such as Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and human rights, social justice and community development/engagement.

This award includes a $500 monetary reward.

Eligibility criteria for the Ryerson staff award

Each nominee in the staff category must:

  • Self-identify as a female;
  • Self-identify as Black, African Canadian or have Black/African Canadian ancestry;
  • Reside in the Greater Toronto Region;
  • Have enriched Ryerson’s and/or Toronto’s diversity through initiatives promoting Black history and celebrating the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural lives of Black people;
  • Be an active leader in her community who has made a positive difference in areas such as equity, diversity, inclusion, human rights, social justice and community-building/engagement;
  • Have a minimum of five years of work/volunteer background and/or activist/advocacy experience with the Black/African-Canadian community.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a nomination letter up to 500 words in length and all other supporting documents.
Eligibility criteria for the Ryerson faculty award

Each nominee in the faculty category must:

  • Self-identify as a female;
  • Self-identify as Black, African Canadian or have Black/African Canadian ancestry;
  • Reside in the Greater Toronto Region;
  • Have enriched Ryerson’s and/or Toronto’s diversity through initiatives promoting Black history and celebrating the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural lives of Black people;
  • Be an active leader in her community who has made a positive difference in areas such as equity, diversity, inclusion, human rights, social justice and community-building/engagement;
  • Have a minimum of five years of work/volunteer background and/or activist/advocacy experience with the Black/African-Canadian community.

All applications must be accompanied by a nomination letter up to 500 words in length and all other supporting documents.

Eligibility criteria for the Ryerson alumna

The emphasis for this category will be on recognition of Ryerson Black alumna who have made a significant impact in their profession and/or community by developing or implementing an innovative program, process or product within the Black community. Recipients will reflect and recognize, in their actions and deeds, the importance of their Ryerson education and through their stature, integrity and ability they inspire students, faculty and staff within the Black community, both on and off campus.

Each nominee in the alumna category must:

  • Self-identify as a female;
  • Self-identify as Black, African Canadian or have Black/African Canadian ancestry;
  • Reside in the Greater Toronto Region;
  • Have enriched Ryerson’s and/or Toronto’s diversity through initiatives promoting Black history and celebrating the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural lives of Black people;
  • Be an active leader in her community who has made a positive difference in areas such as equity, diversity, inclusion, human rights, social justice and community-building/engagement;
  • Have a minimum of five years of work/volunteer background and/or activist/advocacy experience with the Black/African-Canadian community.
All applications must be accompanied by a nomination letter up to 500 words in length and all other supporting documents.
Eligibility criteria for local high school student award

Each nominee in the high school student category must:

  • Self-identify as a female;
  • Self-identify as Black, African Canadian or have Black/African Canadian ancestry;
  • Be in her final-year of secondary school in good academic standing;
  • Be accepted for admission to an accredited Ontario university or community college;
  • Be a positive role model and advocate of the Black/African-Canadian community;
  • Be in good academic standing
    • With a minimum average of of 80% in 6 U/M credits or equivalent will be considered;
  • Be an active leader in her community who has made a positive difference in areas such as equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights, social justice and community development.

This award includes a $500 monetary reward.

Nomination for faculty, staff and student awards

For faculty, staff and student nominations, fill out the form below and submit it with a 500 word letter of support.

 

All nominations must be submitted by February 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Selection

Recipients will be selected by members of the Black History Awareness Committee and their decision shall be final.

Deadline

Nomination forms must be received no later than February 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

 

 

Honouring award recipients

Award recipients are honoured each year at the Viola Desmond Awards.

 

Questions

For more information, contact Darrell Bowden at dbowden@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 6567.