What: The (inaugural) MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation recognizes an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on education and the charity over the course of its 20-year history.
When: MusiCounts and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation are pleased to be presenting the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award at the 2019 JUNO Chair's Reception on March 15, 2019.
In honour of the Award Recipients, three MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grants will be awarded to Canadian schools.
Each Award Recipient will also receive a solid crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design created by Canadian glass artist, the late Shirley Elford.
2019 Recipient Schools
Smithfield Public School - Brighton, ON
St. Michael’s Elementary School - Stephenville Crossing, NL
Mezi Community School - Whati, NT
About the Award Recipient
In 2016, Linda and Stephen made an extraordinary pledge of $500,000 in matching funds to the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. Due to their long-standing history with the charity, they recognized that MusiCounts has the power to continue to change the landscape of music education for children across Canada and wanted to inspire others to be involved. To learn more about Linda and Stephen and their philanthropy, watch this video.
Television producer Linda Schuyler began her career as a school teacher making short films. Schuyler used her experiences as inspiration to create and produce the ground-breaking Canadian television series Degrassi. Among numerous other awards for her contributions to the advancement and education for young people on issues around diversity and sexual identification, Schuyler was made a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.
Entertainment lawyer, author, Degrassi executive producer and recently named chancellor of Trent University, Stephen Stohn, was executive producer of The JUNO Awards for nearly two decades. During that period, he also served as Director and then Chair of CARAS, The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts, where he had tremendous influence on what is now known as the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. He and other Directors were dedicated to ensuring that CARAS and The JUNO Awards provided the means for MusiCounts to thrive.
“Our giving has been very much centered around education, particularly music education. We believe that we can do our little bit to help the youth of today become better students and, in turn become better citizens,” said Stephen Stohn.
“It is very important to Stephen and me that we 100% love and believe in the causes we support, like MusiCounts,” added Linda Schuyler. “Seeing firsthand the impact instruments make on a school and community has shown how people giving can truly make a difference.”
Previous MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Recipients
About the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
"The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation has been dedicated to bringing higher education within reach for Canadian families for over 50 years," said Sherry MacDonald, President and CEO, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. "We believe that a music education can enrich the human experience and that our true heroes lie in those who inspire young Canadians to reach their dreams. We are excited to be presenting this Award to two such heroes alongside MusiCounts at the JUNOs this year."
In 1960, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CSTF) was established as a non-profit, grassroots organization with one role, the advancement of education in Canada including carrying on charitable projects in the educational field and helping families save for their child’s post-secondary education. For over 56 years we have focused on this mission and have been key enablers through our advocacy work of programs such as the Registered Education Savings Plan program, the Canada Learning Bond, the Canada Education Savings Grant, as well as the Saskatchewan Grant for Education Savings and the BC Training and Education Savings Grant among others. Most recently, we developed a new community program called CST Inspired Minds® Learning Project. Since 2014, CST Inspired Minds® has provided $700,000 to support innovative learning programs in Canada.