Distinguished Community Service Award

Distinguished Community Service Award

The Distinguished Community Service Award is presented to a member of the Saint Mary's University Alumni Association who has made an outstanding contribution to their community and or to Saint Mary’s.

All University employees and members of the Saint Mary's University Alumni Association may submit a one-page letter of recommendation for a candidate, illustrating their suitability for this award. A completed Alumni Awards Nomination Form must accompany the letter.   


Selection Candidates are considered annually by the Saint Mary's University Alumni Association's Awards & Nomination Committee.


TimelineThe deadline to nominate a candidate for the 2022 Distinguished Community Service Award is September 23, 2022.

 

2021 Recipient Floyd Kane BA’92


A graduate of Dalhousie Law School and Saint Mary’s University, Floyd Kane started his career as an entertainment lawyer working on productions such as the long-running satirical news program "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" and the Oscar winning documentary, "Bowling For Columbine". He transitioned into writing with his creation of the half hour CBC drama "North/South".  Since that time, Floyd has written for a range of series including "Continuum", "Slasher" and "Backstage" as well as producing several feature films including the award-winning, "Across the Line" (for which he also wrote the screenplay), "Shake Hands with the Devil" and "The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw".   
 
Floyd is the creator, showrunner, and executive producer for the CBC drama DIGGSTOWN, currently in post-production on its third season. Earlier this year, he was the recipient of the Sandi Ross award from ACTRA Toronto which recognizes the efforts of individuals striving to create a more inclusive media industry.  
 
Floyd currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is committed to student success and has recently launched an innovative new scholarship to support aspiring writers of African Nova Scotian descent.  
 

Past Recipients 

  • 2021: Floyd Kane BA’92
  • 2020: Senator Wilfred P. Moore QC BComm’64 LLD’07
  • 2019: Karen Oldfield, QC BA'82
  • 2018: James "Skip" Oliver BA'67 LLD'02
  • 2017: Dr. Michael Durland BComm'87 DComm'15 and Catherine Durland BComm'87
  • 2016: Richard Butler BA'69 and Marsha Sobey BEd'82
  • 2015: Cassandra Dorrington and Gerald Walsh
  • 2014: Tom Lee and Claire Miller
  • 2013: Jane Roy
  • 2012: Scott Norton, Fred George and Alex Handyside
  • 2011: David McKeage, Dr. Gerald P. Reardon
  • 2010: Dr. John A. P. Sullivan and Fr. George Leach
  • 2009: Judith Richardson and Wendy Brookhouse
  • 2008: Paul J. Dyer
  • 2005: Carol MacLean & Richard H. “Dick” MacLean
  • 2004: George C. Moffatt
  • 2003: Hector P. Muise and Dr. John C. Young
  • 2002: Angela Vecchio-Ozmon and Kevin Cleary
  • 2001: Allister Byrne
  • 2000 Elizabeth Ozmon & Dr. Kenneth L. Ozmon
  • 1999: Burris Devanney and Terence Donahoe
  • 1998: Paul Goodman
  • 1997: Joseph Bishara
  • 1995-96: Terry Kelly
  • 1993-94: Fred MacGillivray
  • 1992: Karen Henderson
  • 1991: J. Philip Vaughan
  • 1990: Ronald Downie
  • 1989: Paul Gouett
  • 1988: Elizabeth Chard
  • 1986: Harold Beazley
  • 1985: Edmund Morris
  • 1984: Senator Richard Donahoe