The 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 history.
MusiCounts and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation are pleased to present Gary Slaight with the 2021 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award.
In honour of the Award Recipient, $30,000 worth of MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grants will be awarded to Canadian schools.
Each Award Recipient will also receive a statuette based on the JUNO Award design created by Canadian glass artist, the late Shirley Elford.
2021 Recipient Schools
Schools will be announced in early 2021.
About the Award Recipient
Through the Slaight Family Foundation, Gary Slaight has contributed over $750,000 over 11 remarkable years. His contributions have helped 54 schools in the Greater Toronto Area and First Nations communities in Ontario purchase instruments and deliver culturally-relevant music programming to thousands of students.
“Playing an instrument and bonding with other kids of a similar age helps build character and nurture creativity,” said Slaight. “Now with issues around the covid-19 pandemic and learning from home, music is more valuable and provides the kids an outlet to express themselves and connect beyond the virtual world. Music helps unlock a new universe for young people, just as it did for me in my early years. To me it’s very important. Music and a knowledge of music brings prosperity and vibrancy to our communities.”
Previous MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Recipients
About the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
Founded in 1960, The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping Canadian families save for their children's post-secondary education through its subsidiaries CST Spark Inc. and CST Consultants Inc. In addition to its focus on education savings, the Foundation rewards hard working and community minded Canadian students through scholarships, bursaries and awards programs - with more than $2 million awarded since CST began. Through innovation, advocacy and philanthropy The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation continues to deliver upon its mission. For more information, visit www.cst.org