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 October 22, 2022 until January 31, 2023

List of 3 items.

  • 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.

    Caroline Hogwood
    has been named the recipient of the 2022 Life Governor Award.  Caroline began her journey at SMLS in 2008 as a parent of Hilary '21, taking on a number of varied volunteer positions over her dedicated 13-year affiliation with the school. A strong supporter of the school, active with the SMLS Parent Association and a longstanding Board Member, Caroline has made a lasting impact on SMLS while also demonstrating leadership in other ways through her work with the Halton Women’s Place and in her professional life. In so many ways, and certainly in every role and interaction with the school community, Caroline has always demonstrated passion and pride in her work and is a consummate role model for women in leadership. 

    Please note that the Life Governor Award is presented bi-annually and will be awarded again in 2023-24. No nominations are currently being accepted.

    Life Governors
    2022 - Caroline Hogwood
    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.

    Sarah Baeumler '95 is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Alumna Award. Sarah is a philanthropist, renowned designer and successful business owner/entrepreneur. The Sarah Baeumler Brand is about living a life that is inspiring and fulfilling. In 2012, Sarah and her family created The Baeumler Family Foundation (BFF), which fosters the advancement of children’s emotional and physical care, research and education in Canada. Since her graduation, Sarah has remained connected to SMLS and is vocal about how proud she is to be part of  our school community. She has served on our Board of Governors, is a long-time donor, and past parent of two Millies. 

    Outstanding Alumna
    2022 - Sarah Baeumler '95
    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.

    Kenneth Rogerson has been named the recipient of the 2022 Nadine Farran-Gatti Distinguished Service Award. 
    Ken has been a dedicated industry mentor to team SWAT 771 for several years. Ken volunteers his time three days a week mentoring the girls of SWAT, specifically on the technical side of the team, teaching them the basics of tool use, safety and robotics as a whole. He puts his all into empowering our robotics team to get students involved in STEM and sharing his expertise as a professional engineer. 

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

    Distinguished Service
    2022 - Kenneth Rogerson
    2021 - Stephanie Kennedy '02
    2020 - Penny Olson
    2019 - Cara Garvey
    2018 - 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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