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Honours and Awards

Alumni of St. Jerome’s University often go on to do good in their local community, making differences in the lives of their colleagues, friends, and the young people they mentor and guide. Recognition is not necessary for our graduates, but we do so through one of our prestigious annual awards.

The Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership
About the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership
The highest award we present, it is inspired and named after John Sweeney, who served as the University’s first lay chancellor. The Sweeney Award is presented annually to an exemplary leader living a life rooted in the values of truth, faith, and justice. As such, the Chancellor John Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership is bestowed upon those who publicly live out the gospel values and understand the need to demonstrate these values to a future generation of leaders.
Past Recipients
  • Steven Lubczuk
  • Rob Way
  • Right Honourable Paul Martin
  • Dr. Jack Sehl
  • Isabel Uriarte Latorre and Victor Rojas 
  • Dr. Donna Ward
  • Frank Clifford Sr.
  • Bruce Rodrigues
  • Sr. Joan Cronin, g.s.i.c.
  • Senator Noel Kinsella
  • Fr. Bernie Hayes, C.R.
  • John Milloy, MPP
  • Craig Kielburger
  • Rev. Dr. James McConica, C.S.B.
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame (Canadian Province)
  • Margaret Visser
  • The Honourable Allen J. MacEachen
  • Fr. Jacques Monet, S.J.
  • Congregation of the Resurrection (Ontario-Kentucky Province)
The Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., Lifetime Achievement Award
About the Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., Lifetime Achievement Award
Named for Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., a Past President of St. Jerome's University, this award is presented annually to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment in his or her professional life.  This prestigious award represents the highest level of recognition we can give our alumni. 
Past Recipients of the Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mike Farwell
  • Dr. Michele Mosca
  • Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin
  • Catherine Horgan 
  • Laura Zilney, D.H.S
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Patrick Flynn
  • Dr. Kelly Moynihan 
  • Dr. David Morrell
  • Fr. Brian McCormick
  • Jeff Woodrow
  • Filomena Tassi
  • Dr. James Mitchell
  • His Eminence Thomas C. Collins, Cardinal, Archbishop of Toronto
  • Eva Kmiecic
  • Dr. Peter Warrian 
  • Richard Callahan 
  • Michelle DiEmanuele
  • Joan Grundy
  • Robert Donelson 
  • Dr. Brenda Kenyon 
  • Judy Nairn 
  • Christopher Gadula 
  • Rev. Mark Curtis
  • Paul Tratnyek
  • Gregory Humbert
  • Dr. Rosanna Pellizzari
  • Christine Dominico 
  • Dr. Terrance Downey and Margaret Downey
  • Tom Ciancone
  • Richard Dominico 
  • Gail Young
  • Joe and Stephanie Mancini
This award used to be titled the Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., Distinguished Graduate Award
The Sr. Leon White, SSND, Distinguished Graduate Award
About the Sr. Leon White, SSND, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Award
This award is named in honour of a beloved member of the Sisters of Notre Dame who ran the women’s residence at SJU between 1963 and 1996. The award honours young alumni who have distinguished themselves in both professional and community life in their first 15 years after graduation.
Past Recipients
  • Nikki Bakes
  • Jeff Akomah
  • Faith Cameletti
  • Gary Abbott


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