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:
- Completed Peter Gilgan Leadership Award Application (PDF)
- Proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution
- Letter of reference from their immediate supervisor at the YMCA of Oakville
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.
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