- Annually, nominations will be accepted from individuals by completing the Niagara Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form and submitting it to the Executive Assistant to the Director of Education. The deadline to nominate an individual for a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award is February 17, 2017.
- The nominee will be contacted to ensure acceptance; provide additional information if required; request additional support names or to confirm the names that have been submitted with the nomination.
- Individuals previously nominated may be re-nominated.
Senior Administrative Council of the Board, Chaired by the Director of Education will review all nomination submission packages and select the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient or recipients for each calendar year.
Awarding of annual Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient(s)
- The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient(s) will be announced and invited to attend a special luncheon during Catholic Education Week.
- The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient(s) will be invited to be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony of either their elementary or secondary school where he/she will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.
- The Corporate Services and Communications Department will issue a Communications Release to the system and local media announcing the recipient(s) of the Niagara Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award. Further, the department will design an annual Niagara Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award poster to be prominently displayed at the Catholic Education Centre and at each Niagara Catholic school.
To be nominated for the Niagara Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award, the individual;
- Must be described by the nominee as distinguished, notable or acclaimed;
- Has achieved success in his or her adult life;
- Is a graduate of more than ten (10) years from a secondary school in Niagara Catholic; and
- Must reflect the characteristics described by the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
- A discerning believer formed in the Catholic Faith Community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament and prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living
- An effective communicator who speaks, writes and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of gospel values
- A reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good
- A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential
- A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good
- A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish, and the wider community
- A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life