Each year St. Leonard’s Society of Canada presents awards to individuals who, through their dedication or achievement, have enhanced our efforts to give people who have been in conflict with the law a chance for change and an opportunity to assume productive lives in our society. Below, a description of each award is provided along with a photo of the award’s namesake and the list of recipients:
The Braithwaite Award was created to honour individuals who have devoted their lives to the cause and vision of St. Leonard’s Society of Canada. It acknowledges their outstanding achievements, mentorship and dedication that has both inspired and challenged the Society. This award is named for John Braithwaite who has been a friend of the Society since its earliest days, providing both support and inspiration.
The Cody Award
This award is named for the late Bishop John C. Cody of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario, whose courageous support and generous donation helped to found St. Leonard’s House-Windsor at a time of intense public opposition. It recognizes individuals outside the Society who have made an outstanding contribution to humanitarian causes, and who have promoted the work of correctional residential centres in the community.
The Gallagher Award
The Gallagher Award is presented to a public servant who as an employee of the Federal, Provincial or Municipal government has given exemplary service in furthering the goals and objectives of St. Leonard’s Society of Canada. The award was established in memory of the late Ray Gallagher, of London, Ontario.
The Libby Fund Award
The Libby Fund was initiated in memory of Rev. T. Neil Libby by the Dungey family of Vancouver, and has grown through the contributions of Foundations, individuals and Affiliates of the Society. Reflecting Fr. Libby’s dedication to the importance of education in rehabilitation, this award supports the education of people who have been in conflict with the law, and the social service training, education and knowledge-enhancement of current or prospective Affiliate staff members.
The Luxton Award
Created to honour volunteers or staff of St. Leonard’s who have made significant, long-term contributions to our cause, this award commemorates Bishop George N. Luxton of the Anglican Diocese of Huron (London, Ontario). Bishop Luxton not only supported a major investment by his Parish in downtown Windsor, but offered and financed the services of his associate, Fr. T. Neil Libby for two years, in order to help establish the new concept of halfway houses for ex-prisoners. His signature appears on our original charter.