McLeese Opportunities

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.

Opportunities Fund

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.

McLeese Awards

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.

Recipients

Year Name Nominator
2015 David Chaze MSDA
Brian Murphy MSDA
Martha Sheppard Duguay NSDS
Ruth McGhee DSABC
2014 David Miko ADSA
James Luchak OSDU
John Lambersky OSDU
2013 Tim Bonnar DSABC
Stephen McCarthy ADSA
Emma James ADSA
Mauri Ingham SEDA
Allison Stephanyshyn MSDA
2011 Marilyn Lunde DSABC
Jason Hong ADSA
Mike McGarity SEDA
Brendan Lea OSDU
Rudi Lof OSDU
Geoff Buerger NWTD
2009 Helen Timmons ADSA
Elgin Wyatt SEDA
Richard Grover MSDA
Michael Muir OSDU
David Stewart NSDS
Katrine Doganoglu OSDU
Jock Warriner MSDA
Prema Bursa MSDA
2008 Tracey Lee DSABC
Calgary Stampede Youth Speech & Debate Committee ADSA
Carol Crosson SEDA
Audrey Greenhill MSDA
Kozo Ota OSDU
Tanya Oja OSDU
Antonia Zannis QSDA
Trish Foster D/DNB
Carol Milne NSDS
2007 Fall Janet Webster DSABC
Willis Kachuk ADSA
Nicola Bishop-Yong SEDA
Leslie Carignan MSDA
Vilia Bulota ADDEQ
Brian Neumann D/DNB
Mary Ryan NLSDU
2007 Spring Rachel McCabe QSDA
Camille St. Amand SEDA
Leo Oja OSDU
Darryl Weber OSDU
Amy Robichaud ADSA
Patricia Donnelly NSDS
2006 John Vella OSDU
Jim Range SEDA
Sherry Van Hesteren SEDA
Rick Barrett QSDA
Martin Poirier ADSA
Stephanie Blucher NSDS
2005 Irina Efimov NSDS
Carol Jensen SEDA
Brenda Babich SEDA
2004 Gordon Bragg NSDS
Madeleine Dahlem SEDA
2003 Dan Reardon NLSDU
Gail Zwicker NLSDU
Michelle Clemens NLSDU
Simon Lono NLSDU
Colleen Yanush SEDA
Barbara Read NSDS
2002 Cathy Hanley NSDS
Brian Ransom SEDA
David Forbes SEDA
2001 Glenda Shupe SEDA
Tas Paul Bey NSDS
2000 Tanya Sturgeon SEDA
Lee Cantwell NSDS
1999 David Greene NSDS
1998 Marg Mack SEDA
Doug Chase SEDA
Agnes Malouf NSDS
1997 Raymond Smith NSDS
1996 Larrissa Tusa SEDA
Marilynne Sinclair NSDS
1995 Joshua Judah NSDS
1994 Ron Berntson SEDA
Brian Fedak SEDA
Marjorie Pettipas MacKay NSDS
1993 Colleen Voinorosky SEDA
Geoffrey Buerger NSDS
1992 Ben Freitag SEDA
Brad Berg SEDA
Allan McDiarmid NSDS
1991 Byron Merkosky SEDA
Linda Misanchuk SEDA
Peter Bergbusch SEDA
Harold Kyte NSDS
1990 Warren Rongve SEDA
Rolf Pritchard SEDA
Laurie Pries SEDA
Robert Ferguson NSDS
1989 Pauline Scott NSDS
1988 Helen Kuniski NSDS
1987 Andra McGinn Doherty NSDS
1986 Regina Tate NSDS
1985 Leverne Baxter SEDA
Olivia Shumski SEDA
Margaret Young NSDS
1984 Brian Casey NSDS
1983 Karen Pugh Powell NSDS
1982 Helen Dickson NSDS
1981 Peter Delefes NSDS

This list is incomplete. If you have information on previous McLeese Award winners, please send it to smccarthy@csdf-fcde.ca.

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 seminar@csdf-fcde.ca. 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.