Community Awards


In recognition of the dedicated service and accomplishments of our community members, SMLS honours members of the school community with three prestigious awards.

Nominations will be open from November 20, 2021 until January 31, 2022

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  • Life Governor

    The Life Governor Award, which is the school’s highest honour and is awarded bi-annually, honours extraordinary achievements of individuals who have demonstrated the values of SMLS, have had a longstanding commitment to the school, are excellent role models and ambassadors for the school, and have made a difference in the lives of others.

    The 2020 Life Governor Award was presented to Colleen McMorrow. Colleen is a former parent, former Board of Governors Chair, and member of our Leader’s Circle. Following a highly accomplished career with Ernst & Young, she now serves as a volunteer on numerous corporate and not-for-profit Boards. Colleen has remained involved and supportive of the SMLS community, and received numerous nominations and endorsements for this award.

    Submit a nomination for the SMLS Life Governors Award 

    Life Governors
    2020 - Colleen McMorrow
    2018 - Ann Veale
    2016 - Mother Emily Ayckbowm (posthumously)
               Ruth Lightbourn (posthumously)
               Sister Anita Cook CSC
               June Cockwell
               Donald Pangman
  • Outstanding Alumna

    The Outstanding Alumna Award is awarded annually and recognizes alumnae for significant achievements in their field and positive impact on the local, national or global communities, while upholding the principles and values of SMLS.

    The 2021 Outstanding Alumna was presented to Suzanne Duncan '79. Suzanne was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Yukon by Prime Minister Trudeau on October 1, 2020. She is the first woman to hold the position. She has been a member of the Supreme Court of Yukon since 2018, and before her appointment served as in-house counsel for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation government in Whitehorse. Throughout her legal and judicial career, Suzanne has supported improved access to justice for new immigrants, refugees and people with low to modest incomes. She is co-author of the book, The Law of Privilege in Canada.

    As a child, Suzanne started kindergarten at the Lightbourn School in 1965 and continued through to graduation from SMLS in 1979. Her mother, Margorie Duncan, is a former SMLS Junior School teacher, and Suzanne is grateful to both of her parents for making the decision to send her to SMLS.

    Outstanding Alumna
    2021 - Suzanne Duncan '79
    2020 - Dr. Lauren TRIBE Briens '87
    2019 - Dr. Karolyn SMARDZ Frost '75
    2018 - Joanne BEAUCHAMP Stacey '78
    2017 - Olwen BARROW Davies '58
    2016 - Marion Bethel '71
    2015 - Dr. Emily Moore '87
    2014 - Christie Henderson '89
    2013 - Janet Stewart '60
    2012 - Melanie Aitken '84
  • Distinguished Service

    The Nadine Farran-Gatti Distinguished Service Award celebrates and honours SMLS volunteers for their significant contributions over many years to our school community. Nadine Farran-Gatti was a member of the SMLS Board of Governors, parent of an SMLS alumna and longtime volunteer who passed away suddenly on October 23, 2021. Nadine was a recipient of this award in 2017 and embodied all that this award celebrates. In recognition and appreciation of all that she gave to the SMLS community, this award is proudly named in her honour. Her memory and legacy lives on at SMLS as we honour her contribution to the school through this award each year.

    The 2021 Distinguished Service was presented to Stephanie Kennedy '02. Stephanie’s volunteerism at SMLS spans more than twenty years dating back to her final year as a student when she was presented with the Extended Day Volunteer Award for her service to the after-care program. Since graduation, Stephanie has been her Class Representative and played a vital volunteer role as a speed mentor, grad seminar speaker, junior mentor, and both a Millie Christmas and Celebration Saturday volunteer. For the past eleven years, Stephanie has been a dedicated member of the Alumnae Executive and served as President between 2014 and 2020.  SMLS holds a special place for Stephanie and her family. She has two older sisters who graduated from SMLS in 1995 and 1997. Today, her daughter Audrey, and nieces Chloe and Ellie are also Millies. Stephanie has worked tirelessly with the school, the parent community and the Alumnae Association to foster a welcoming and engaged SMLS community that maintains a meaningful connection to its community members.

    Submit a nomination for the Nadine Farran-Gatti Distinguished Service Award

    Distinguished Service
    2021 - Stephanie Kennedy '02
    2020 - Penny Olson
    2019 - Cara Garvey
    2018 - Jennifer Diamond
                Amanda Ashton-Aquino
    2017 - Nadine Farran-Gatti
    2016 - Dr. Gilbert Lai
    2015 - Judith Nunn
    2014 - Dianne Lemieux
    2013 - Karen Holloway
    2012 - Cherilyn Carson
    2011 - Janet Pickell
    2010 - Andra Carpino

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