Professional Awards

Honourary Life Member

Recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to music education.

Honourary Life Member Award Recipients

  • Dr. Catherine Allison (d.1986)
  • Mrs. Leslie Bell
  • Kenneth Bray (presented at OMEA Conference ’86) (d.1999)
  • Jean Broadfoot (presented in Halifax CMEA/ACEM Conference ’89) Nomination (PDF file)
  • Beth Douglas (d.1987)
  • Richard Edmunds (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conference ’71)
  • Verla Jean Forsyth (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conference ’91)
  • Christopher Gledhill (d.1987)
  • Ada S. Hamilton
  • Wallace Laughton (d. 2001)
  • Vanett Lawlor, MENC Executive Director (deceased)
  • Sir Ernest MacMillan (d. 1999)
  • Dr. Irene MacQuillan Murphy (presented Conf. 1987) (d.1991)
  • Gifford Mitchell (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conference ’83)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conference ’91) (d.1998)
  • Read more about Elizabeth Murray in Carol Harris’ book, A Sense of Themselves: Elizabeth Murray’s Leadership in School and Community  (Fernwood Publishing, 1998)
  • Dr. Wilfred Pelletier (deceased)
  • Rev. Sister Mary Agnes Sesk (presented at CMEA/ACME Conference ’87)
  • Dr. Lloyd Slind
  • Dr. Paul Murray (presented at CMEA-KSC-NSMEA-KSNS Conference ’97)
  • Joan Therens (presented at SMEA Conference 1999)
  • Senator Tommy Banks (presented at the NSMEA conference, 2001)
  • George Bishop (presented at the OMEA conference, 2001)
  • Dr. Brian Roberts (presented at the NF/LAB conference, 2001)
  • Dennis Tupman (presented at the 2003 BCMEA Conference)
  • Rodger Beatty (presented at the 2002 OMEA Conference)
  • Ninette Babineau (presented at the 2002 NSMEA Conference)
  • Chalmers Doane
  • Dr. Betty Hanley
  • 2013 Dr Nancy Vogan (Presented at NSMEA Conference 2013, Hammonds Plains, by Mark Reid, CMEA President and Kirsten MacLaine, CMEA Vice President)
  • 2019 – Dr. Andrea Rose – Newfoundland & Labrador

Honourary Life Membership Nomination Form

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Jubilate Award of Merit

This award may be granted to an individual, a group of people, an industry, foundation, institution, or other organization in recognition for a significant contribution to music education in Canada.

Jubilate Award of Merit Nomination Form

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Jubilate Award of Merit Recipients

  • Dr. Helen Creighton first recipient (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conf.’89) (d.1989)
  • Dr. Sandra Davies (presented at Conf. ’91, Vancouver)
  • Dr. Paul Freeman (presented at BCMEA Conf. ’90 in Vancouver)
  • Prof. Donald A. McKellar (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conf. ’91, Vancouver)
  • Kaye Pottie (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conf. ’93, Waterloo)
  • Dr. Patricia Shand (presented at CMEA/ACEM Conf. ’93, Waterloo)
  • Dr. Nancy Vogan (presented at CMEA/ACEMConf.’93, Waterloo)
  • George Bishop (presented at OMEA-CMEA Accent ’94, London)
  • Sr. Blanche Gillis (presented at OMEA-CMEA Accent ’94, London)
  • M. Wilfred Harvey (presented at OMEA-CMEA Accent ’94, London)
  • Howard Saunders, Britannia Printers (presented at OMEA Conference’97)
  • Dr. Diana Brault (presented at OMEA Conference ’96)
  • Dr. Paul Green
  • Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming (presented at the OMEA conference, 2001)
  • Jan Wicha (presented at the NSMEA conference, 2001)
  • Sr. Rita Clare (presented at the 2002 NSMEA Conference)
  • Dr. Betty Hanley (presented by Gregg Bereznick at the 2004 BCMEA conference)
  • Peter Stigings (presented by David Ennis at the 2006 BCMEA Conference)
    Dennis Tupman (presented by Alan Anderson at the 2006 BCMEA Conference)
  • Donna Rhodenizer (2011)
  • 2013 Ardith Haley (Presented at NSMEA Conference 2013, Hammonds Plains, by Mark Reid, CMEA President and Kirsten MacLaine, CMEA Vice President)

Builders Award

The Builders Awards seek to recognize those who advance music education in any Canadian province, through building community or establishing significant collaborative efforts. There are two awards: CMEA/Acme Builders Award and the CMEA/Acme Builders Award for Newer Teachers.

Builders Award Recipients

  • 2012 – Francis Seaton, George Douglas, Andrew Legany
  • 2013 – Bill Kristjanson, Gabriela Gallo
  • 2014 – Peggy Bochun, Ken Epp, Stephanie Poulin
  • 2015 – Eric Marshall, Matt Abraham, Holly Nimmons
  • 2015 – Cmdr Chris Hadfield
  • 2015 – Coalition for Music Education
  • 2016 – Joan Linklater, Jordan Laidlaw
  • 2017 – Henry Engbrecht, Matt Careless
  • 2019 – Judy Giesbrecht – Manitoba
  • 2019 – Darren White – Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 2019 – Monica MacNeil – Nova Scotia
  • 2019 – Michael Kurpjuweit – Saskatchewan
  • 2020 – Janet Wade – British Columbia
  • 2020 – Christin Reardon MacLellan – British Columbia
  • 2020 – Susanne O’Keefe – Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 2020 – Andrew Mercer – Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 2020 – Kristian Butt – New Teacher Builder – Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 2020 – Lynn Gracey – Ontario
  • 2020 – Dr. Rodger Beatty – Ontario
  • 2020 – Randy Haley – Manitoba
  • 2020 – Derek Klassen – Manitoba
  • 2020 – Yvonne Kurpjuweit – Saskatchewan

Builders Award for Newer Teachers Recipients

  • 2012 – Andrew Legany (Manitoba)
  • 2013 – Gabby Gallo (Manitoba)
  • 2014 – Amanda McArthur (Saskatchewan)
  • 2014 – Stephanie Poulin (Manitoba)
  • 2019 – Justin La – Saskatchewan
  • 2019 – Emma House – Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 2019 – John Hodge – Manitoba

Builders Award Nomination Form

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Executive Award

(Executive Award has been discontinued as of  2018)

Executive Award Past Recipients

  • Alan Janzen, Secretary-Treasurer (Presented at MMEA, 1991)
  • Ninette Babineau, Member-at-Large (Presented by NSMEA, 1991)
  • Nancy Vogan, Member-at-Large (Presented by NBMEA, 1991)
  • Paul Maynard, Past President (Presented by BCMEA, 1992)
  • Joan Therens, Past President (Presented by CMEA, Conference 1993)
  • Pat Stefanchuk, Secretary-Treasurer (Presented by MMEA, 1995)
  • Rodger Beatty, Past President ((Presented by CMEA, Conference 1997)
  • Marjorie Fanjoy, Member-at-Large (Presented by NSMEA, 1997)
  • Sharon Fitzsimmons, Member-at-Large (Presented by OMEA, 1999)
  • Eric Favaro, Past President (Presented by NSMEA, 2000)
  • Brian Roberts, Journal Editor (Presented by CMEA)
  • Debbie McPherson, Past President
  • Barbara Graham, Past President (Presented by MMEA, 2006)
  • Cathy Lynn Yorke-Slader (Presented by OMEA, 2007)
  • Gregg Bereznick (2007)
  • Allan Anderson (2009)
  • Mary Dinn (2011)
  • Ed Wasiak (2013)