In 2003 an agreement was finalized between Upper Canada College, the Upper Canada College Foundation, the Canadian Student Debating Federation and Mr. Willis S. McLeese. Among other services to debating in Canada, this agreement provides the CSDF with funds to be used in supporting programs that seek to promote the development of debate in Canada.
Under the current Opportunities Fund Policy, $1,000 is provided annually to member associations for projects that promote debate:
- in an innovative manner,
- in a new geographical area, or
- in a way that promotes the growth for the member association overall.
The McLeese Opportunities fund has been active in promoting debate nation-wide for the last six years. Some of the projects undertaken by member associations in the past include the development and hosting of a debating workshop on Prince Edward Island, website and video production for debate promotion in several provinces, a debate camp and provincial speech tournament in Saskatchewan, and a program to develop debate coaching in the Thunder Bay area.
Link: McLeese Opportunities Fund Policy, updated November 2008.
The Willis S. McLeese Award is so named in recognition of the immense contribution Mr. McLeese has made to Canadian debating. The award may be presented annually by each CSDF Member Association to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to debate in its jurisdiction. The CSDF Board of Directors may also present the award annually to deserving individuals.
This list is incomplete. If you have information on previous McLeese Award winners, please send it to email@example.com.
Submitting Nominations for McLeese Awards
Download: Call for Nominations for the Willis S. McLeese Awards (pdf)
To nominate up to two individuals from your province or territory for a Willis S. McLeese Award, please send their name and a brief description of their achievements to firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received several weeks before the National Seminar.
In some jurisdictions the Award recipients may already have been presented with an award locally. In those cases, please forward the names of this year’s recipients so we can officially recognize all of the Award recipients on the national stage.
Please also note that the individual recipients do not have to attend the awards ceremony. The award will be sent back with your adult delegate.