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John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award Application

March 21, 2019

John Gerretsen Through his compassionate and courageous leadership as a member of Provincial Parliament, and Mayor and City Councillor for the City of Kingston, John Gerretsen has devoted his career to enabling positive change, and to advocating for citizens, young and old, throughout our community and province. In recognition of his long time commitment and stellar service to Kingston and the Islands, the John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award has been established with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area to support the leadership development of students in Grades 9 – 12 who would like to further develop their leadership skills.

The John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award aims to support young leaders as they strive to develop their potential: to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and leadership style; to set worthy personal goals; and to develop the confidence, resilience, motivation, and skills to bring these goals to fruition.  Growing their leadership skills may include developing their ability to create and utilize support networks, to guide others on an effective course of action, and to influence the opinions and behaviors of others to fully participate in community life and effect positive social change.

Find the application here:  2019 JG Youth Leadership Award 



Students are eligible if they are fulltime students at an English or French Public or Catholic Secondary School within the boundaries of Kingston and the Islands. Successful applicants will have previously demonstrated leadership in their school and/or community through such traits and activities as collaborating with others to achieve a worthy goal, solve a problem or facilitate change; leading, advocating and supporting others; being an accepting and inclusive role model; communicating effectively with others; and by demonstrating commitment, character, compassion and courage.

Application Process:

Applicants should complete the attached form and submit two letters of reference that describe the student's character and commitment to leadership. Reference letters should outline how the student has demonstrated leadership in the past.

Eligible Leadership Activities:

Students may submit an application for leadership activities that include but are not limited to the following: a conference, seminar or leadership camp (e.g., Ontario Education Leadership Camp), a course or program, a government related opportunity such as student paige; or any activity that furthers the student's understanding and skill in a specific area of leadership (i.e., environmental or social justice).


As part of the application process, students will be asked to share why they want to participate in this leadership activity, what they would like to learn, how they will use what they have learned and how this new learning will be shared.

Financial Allocation:

For 2019, there will be $3 500 distributed to the successful applicant(s). The annual total disbursement may be allocated to one individual or proposal, or may be divided amongst several.


Proposed Budget and Funding Sources:

Students will be required to provide an outline of their expected budget for the experience, including a breakdown of all costs (e.g., tuition, resources, transportation, meals, accommodation, etc.), and including  any funding amounts  that other organization(s) and/or family may ( if at all) be able to contribute. Proposed budget can be up to $3 500.


Student applications are to be submitted electronically or in hard copy to the office of their respective Director of Education by March 29, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2019.  Decisions regarding the awards will be made by a committee of senior representatives of School Boards, Queen's University, and Community Foundation of Kingston & Area.

Publication of allocations and recipients will include press releases, media opportunities and/or other means.  This will be facilitated through the Boards Communication Officer.

The student will have 12 months from the date of being notified that he or she is a successful applicant to complete the leadership experience and submit expenses for reimbursement.

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact the office of the Director of Education of Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board at 613-354-2255.

Find the application here: 2019 JG Youth Leadership Award