Charter Day is SMUSA’s annual award ceremony, where we recognize all the students, faculty, and staff that have contributed to the year’s successes. Nominations are submitted by students, faculty and staff to recognize the contributions of those who have made a difference in the preceding school year. We have been celebrating Charter Day at Saint Mary’s for over 40 years.

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Charter Day award winners. SMUSA would like to thank everyone for helping to make 2015-2016 a terrific year!

Award                                                     Recipient(s)

Certificate of Merit/Certificate of DistinctionLexa Ali, Mohammed Al-Hamdeni, Danielle George, Justin Vanderlaan, Ben Gaunce, Kirsten Paula, Matthew Anderson, Vishwa Bhayani
Freshman of the YearSpencer MacKay
Sophomore of the YearOssama Nasrallah
Junior of the YearAndre Edwards
Senior of the YearSarah Jamer
Graduate of the YearJared Perry
Society of the YearEnactus
Most Improved Society of the YearSMU Speak Up!
Loretta Saunders AwardRachel MacDonald
Rev. J. J. Hennessey S. J. MedallionSamantha Burns
Student LeaderCollette Robert, Barrinque Griffin
James Ryan Memorial AwardMargaret Murphy
Miguel Emilien MemorialSpencer Wiechert
Kendon Matheson Memorial AwardShawn Nicholson
Thomas Whitty Memorial AwardBlair Jones
Rhian Mood Memorial AwardWes Wilcox
Driftwood AwardMegan Neil
Mac Attack AwardLaurel Grey
Lawerence Hood Lifetime ServiceDavid Leitch
Employees of the Year
Faculty of Arts Teaching
Faculty of Commerce Teaching
Faculty of Science Teaching Dr. Dong (Biology)
Literary M
Honourary Gold MPatricia Bradshaw
Silver MAli Algermozi
Gold MBryan Rice
Platinum MKeitch Hotchkiss
The SMUSA Award for Overall Excellence in the Field of Education

 


List of Charter Day Awards

Certificate of Merit/Certificate of Distinction – Awarded to any students deserving of recognition for work done in the area of student affairs during the preceding year.

Freshman of the Year – Awarded to that student at Saint Mary’s in her/his first year deemed the outstanding Santamarian among freshman.

Sophomore of the Year – Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of sophomore standing.

Junior of the Year – Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of junior standing.

Senior of the Year – Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of senior standing.

Graduate of the Year – Awarded to that student deemed the most outstanding Santamarian among students of graduate status.

Literary “M” – Awarded to those students/faculty for literary contribution to the University.

Honorary Gold “M” – The highest award granted to non-students for their contribution to student affairs at the University

Silver “M” – The second highest award granted by the Students’ Association to those graduating or graduate students who have excelled in extra-curricular activities in the area of student affairs during their stay at Saint Mary’s.

Gold “M” – The highest award granted by the Students’ Association to those graduating or graduate students who have given outstanding contributions and have excelled in extra-curricular activities in the area of student affairs during their stay at Saint Mary’s.

Society of the Year – An award granted to the chartered society at Saint Mary’s University who is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to student activities during the preceding year.

Most Improved Society of the Year – Awarded to the chartered society at Saint Mary’s University who is deemed to have made an outstanding improvement over the past academic year.

Rev. J. J. Hennessey S. J. Medallion – Awarded to that student who is deemed to be the greatest contributor to extra-curricular activities and has exhibited the spirit of being an outstanding Santamarian over the preceding year.

Student Leader – Awarded to the student at Saint Mary’s who has shown the greatest leadership abilities during the preceding year.

James Ryan Memorial Award – Given to that member of the University Community who has given outstanding service to SMUSA.

Harold G. Beazley Award – Presented to the individual or group external to the University who has given the greatest assistance to SMUSA.

Kendon Matheson Memorial Award – This award is given to the student whose quiet contributions have gone unnoticed while at Saint Mary’s.

Thomas Whitty Memorial Award – This award is given to the SMUSA Student Staff Member who best exemplifies the qualities of kindness, unselfishness, and dedication to their work, which made Thomas Whitty such a valued part of St. Mary’s University.

Rhian Mood Memorial Award – This award is given to the student who is deemed most outstanding Santamarian among students who have contributed to Intramurals at Saint Mary’s University

Driftwood Award – This award began in 1982 and was intended to be somewhat of a gag award to be given to that student who just wouldn’t leave SMU. Since that time, and over the years, this award has gained some prestige. This award is now granted to that individual who has been involved in many extracurricular activities at Saint Mary’s but still just won’t leave.

Mac Attack Award – This award is granted to the student who has contributed significantly to the student body through their volunteerism and philanthropic endeavors, either on campus or in the community. This award was granted in honor of a member of the 2005 graduating class, Craig MacDonald, who was an active volunteer and fundraiser while at Saint Mary’s University.

Miguel Emilien Memorial Award – This award is given to a student athlete who has made major contributions to student and society affairs.

Loretta Saunders Memorial Award – This award is presented to a female student at Saint Mary’s who has demonstrated academic and/or extracurricular leadership during the preceding year.

Lawrence (Larry) Hood Lifetime Service Award – This award is presented to a member of the University Community who has graduated from Saint Mary’s and made major contributions to the students of Saint Mary’s, as either an employee or volunteer, over the course of their lifetime.