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, up to $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 several 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 and McLeese Foundation may also present the award annually to deserving individuals.

Recipients

Year Winner Nominated
2020 Nadia Belanger ADDEQ
  Michael Macaraeg MSDA
  Karen Turnbull   OSDU
   Linda Holla   OSDU
  Nathan Paton PEISDS
  Jennifer Peak SEDA
2019 Elspeth Easton DSABC
  Sharon Toner DNB
  Tina Gordon MSDA
  David Lasowski MSDA
  Laura Cole NSDS
  Chris Abraham NSDS
  Shelly Curley PEISDS
  Sarah Myers SEDA
2018 Steven Penner (1990 – 2018 Never Forgotten) MSDA
  Tyler Kelsch MSDA
  Bernice Lucas MSDA
  Kent Avery PEISDS
  Nathan Paton PEISDS
  Dr Jim Stephenson DNB
  Lynne Thompson SEDA
  Dylan Hardy SEDA
  Kyle Fredenburg OSDU
  Kathryn Bjornson NSDA
  Cindy Smith DSABC
  Lindsay Spencer Haider DSABC
2017 Tom Lawson (Founder of the CSDF) CSDF
  Chris George CSDF
  Richard Picotin CSDF
  Jordan Burg CSDF
  John Robinson CSDF
  George Pepall R. McLeese
  Debra Miko R. McLeese
  Jim Garner R. McLeese
  Jody Jacobson R. McLeese
  Amy Marlene Robichaud R. McLeese
  Guillaume Laroche R. McLeese
  Rudi Lof R. McLeese
  Jonathan Bracewell QSDA
  Paule B. Hamelin ADDEQ
  Nathan Whalen NLSDU
  Andrew Kaplan MSDA
  Carissa Balcaen MSDA
  Margo Pinault OSDU
  Bruce Duncan OSDU
  Karen Helms SEDA
  Gregory Theobald D/DNB
  Matt Edmonds NSDS
2016 Tara Sketchley DSABC
  Wendy James SEDA
  Shaun McCaffrey MSDA
  Cyril Johnston D/DNB
  Francois Tanguay ADDEQ
  Nicole Ratti OSDU
  Violetta Nikolskaya OSDU
  Emily Bonia NLSDU
  Andrei Dezsi NSDS
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
  Doug Clarke OSDU
  Jim Weber OSDU
2000 Tanya Sturgeon SEDA
  Lee Cantwell NSDS
  Jim Foulds OSDU
  Brigitte Marceau OSDU
  Francine Poirier OSDU
1999 David Greene NSDS
  Bob Marsh OSDU
  Aija Zommers OSDU
1998 Marg Mack SEDA
  Doug Chase SEDA
  Agnes Malouf NSDS
  Dejan Stojanovic OSDU
  Beryl Dekoker OSDU
  Ken Weir OSDU
1997 Raymond Smith NSDS
  Julie Charland OSDU
1996 Larrissa Tusa SEDA
  Marilynne Sinclair NSDS
  Jocelyne Tessier OSDU
  Jayson Campeau OSDU
  Robin Shepherd OSDU
1995 Joshua Judah NSDS
  Chris George OSDU
  Anna Aagaard OSDU
  J. Grenfell Featherstone DSABC
1994 Ron Berntson SEDA
  Brian Fedak SEDA
  Marjorie Pettipas MacKay NSDS
  Rev. Joseph Redican, CSB OSDU
  Jim Barnes OSDU
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
  J. Grenfell Featherstone DSABC
1983 Karen Pugh Powell NSDS
1982 Helen Dickson NSDS
1981 Peter Delefes NSDS
 

If you have information on previous McLeese Award winners, please send it to dmiko@csdf-fcde.ca.

Submitting Nominations for McLeese Awards

To nominate up to two individuals from your province or territory for a Willis S. McLeese Award, please complete the nomination in your annual application for membership.

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.

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