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. He was 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


The purpose of this fund is to provide an award recognizing high achievement by a Nova Scotian with a disability. It honors the accomplishments of Mr. James McGregor Stewart who overcame many barriers, despite a reliance on crutches throughout his life as a result of childhood polio. First in his class at Dalhousie Law School in 1914, he was also President of the Students’ Council. He was shortlisted for the Rhodes Scholarship but was not successful, in part due to concerns expressed about his physical disability by the Dalhousie University Senate. Nevertheless, Stewart went on to head a Halifax law firm that became the present day Stewart McKelvey. He was Chairman of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors. In 2000, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him as one of Canada’s ten greatest lawyers. This Fund was established by a friend of the James McGregor Stewart Society and donations by The Maple Tree Fund to recognize Nova Scotians living with a disability for their leadership, personal accomplishment or effective advocacy.

Eligibility Criteria


Nominations are accepted for residents of Nova Scotia 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 one-thousand dollar Award will be presented annually on June 30th, the anniversary of the birth date of James McGregor Stewart.

The deadline for all nominations is May 15th

Donate to the fund


If you would like to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made by clicking on the button below to go to the CanadaHelps donation page. 

For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia office at accounting@cfns-fcne.ca.