An award to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals living with a disability

The James McGregor Stewart Award was established in 2015 by friends of the James McGregor Stewart Society through CFNS. First in his class at Dalhousie Law School in 1914, McGregor Stewart was also president of the Students’ Council. He went on to head a Halifax law firm that became the present-day Stewart McKelvey, and served as Chairman of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors. In 2000, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him as one of Canada’s 10 greatest lawyers. He is also one of fewer than 500 Canadians to be awarded the Commander of the British Empire for services to the Empire in WW II.

About the award

This award honours the accomplishments of James McGregor Stewart who overcame many barriers, despite a reliance on crutches throughout his life as a result of childhood polio. He was shortlisted for the Rhodes Scholarship but was unsuccessful, in part due to concerns expressed about his physical disability by the Dalhousie University Senate. This award, established by a friend of the James McGregor Stewart Society and donations by The Maple Tree Fund, recognizes Nova Scotians living with a disability for their leadership, personal accomplishment or effective advocacy.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominations are accepted for Nova Scotia residents living with disabilities.

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated for determination and achievement in conquering personal or externally imposed boundaries, with emphasis on leadership, personal excellence and advocacy.

Award Frequency and Value

The $1,000 award is presented annually on June 30, the birth date of James McGregor Stewart.

The deadline for nominations is May 15

Donate to the fund

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