The Peter Gilgan Leadership Award bursary program is funded through the generosity of the Peter Gilgan Foundation.  Peter Gilgan is the Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, a generous YMCA supporter, community builder and philanthropist.

The Peter Gilgan Leadership Award is designed to provide financial assistance to employees at the YMCA of Oakville who are pursuing post-secondary studies.  The intent is to invest in the academic development of youth employees who demonstrate leadership potential and have made notable contributions to the YMCA and community.

Five awards of up to $4,000 each will be granted annually to selected recipients.

Applicants must be a current employee of the YMCA of Oakville, be under the age of 30 at the time of application and enrolled, or planning to enrol,  in full-time or part-time post-secondary studies at an accredited university or post-secondary equivalent college.  Please note that previous winners of the Peter Gilgan Leadership Award are not eligible to re-apply. 

Applicants for the bursary will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Characteristics and Abilities of the Candidate (including, motivation/initiative,      leadership skills, employee performance record, demonstration of YMCA values and commendations).
  • Contributions to the YMCA and community
  • Impact of the award (special circumstances noted by the applicant)
  • Area of Study (scope and objective of education program and career objectives)

Eligible candidates must provide the following:

Application deadline is July 15 at 5:00 pm.  Bursaries awarded for fall semester.

The bursary program is administered by the YMCA of Oakville in conjunction with the Peter Gilgan Foundation. Applicants will be screened based on their eligibility and referred to a selection committee for consideration.  The selection committee will assess a variety of factors as part of the selection process, including the employee’s performance record with the organization, length of service, and the nature of the applicant’s current assignment.  The selection committee may also consult with supervisory staff members, as appropriate, to better assess the candidate’s job performance and leadership potential.

Selection Committee

If you are interested in becoming a selection committee member, visit Selection Committee Member role and fill out an application form . The selection committee will meet to rank all applications using the Selection Criteria Ranking Grid.

 Past Award Recipients

2017 award recipients

Nikita Cadranel, Evan Lubansky, Caroline O’Brien, Ryan Natividad, Michael Vanstone

2016 award recipients

Maxwell Boateng, Chenya Bourne, Elizabeth O’Brien, Erica Pettinato, Sarah Rouse

2015 award recipients

Phebe Abaya, Kyla Champken, Gabriella Paniccia, Connor Smith, Logan Townsend

2014 award recipients

Sarah Carpenter, Soma Jawed, Nicolas Lehman, Claire Wilkinson and Sean Williams

2013 award recipients

Sarah Austin, Kevin Das Neves, Marion Goreski, Sumaira Mumtaz and Lindsay Wilk

2012 award recipients

Matthew Ellies, Michelle Ng, Natasha Ng and Jonny De Oliveira

2011 award recipients

Sarah Buchanan, Nicholas Morrison, Michelle Ng and Faye Williams