CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award

About the CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award

The award is named after a founding director and past president of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the late Senator Frederic A. McGrand. Throughout his life, the Senator recognized and advocated respect for all life. He left an important and ongoing philosophical legacy to the animal welfare movement and also established a charitable trust that continues to benefit humane societies and SPCAs in Atlantic Canada.

The 2017 CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award winner is Dr. David Suzuki!

Image of Dr. David SuzukiDr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and the co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 29 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990, he co-founded The David Suzuki Foundation with Dr. Tara Cullis to collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life, including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.

His written work includes more than 55 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, BC.

Nominate an Animal Welfare Hero

Created in 1985, the prestigious CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to animal welfare in Canada. Past winners include wildlife rehabilitation pioneers Kay and Larry McKeever, animal welfare advocate and veterinarian Dr. Carol Morgan, farm animal welfare champions Tom and Sharon van Milligen, amongst many others.

CFHS will open nominations for the 2018 CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award soon.

How to nominate:

A nominee for the CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award must have made a significant contribution as a founder or builder of Canada's animal welfare movement or otherwise have made a substantial contribution to animal welfare in Canada.

The nomination must include the following information:

  1. A title page with full contact details about the nominee and nominator including:
    Name
    Address
    Phone and Cell Numbers
    Email address

  2. A detailed description of the contributions to animal welfare and protection in Canada that were made by the nominee. This may include, but is not limited to, a narrative description by the nominee, newspaper articles, blog entries, media transcripts, articles or other supporting materials.

  3. Two letters of reference to support the nomination.

  4. A signature and date by the nominator.

All entries will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the CFHS Board of Directors, and the award will be presented at their discretion.

Please send nominations to CFHS by mail, email or fax:

Mail: 30 Concourse Gate, Suite 102, Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7V7
Email: info@cfhs.ca
Fax: 613.723.0252

Past winners of CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award

The McGrand Lifetime Achievement Award has been given out on a semi-annual basis since 1985. Below are the past winners.

Dr. David Suzuki
Vancouver BC

Dr. David Fraser
Vancouver BC

Rob Laidlaw
Toronto ON

Dr. Carol Morgan
Malahat BC

Carol Baird
Exploits Valley NL

Cathy Thomas
Calgary AB

Pat LeGrow
Cornwall PE

Joy Ripley
Calgary AB

Dr. Alice Crook
Charlottetown PE

Mary L. Driscoll
Calgary AB

E. Jean
Mercer NL

Marjorie Ignatieff
Ottawa ON

Eleanor Dawson
Winnipeg MB

Robert Gardiner
Gormley, ON

Stephanie Brown
Toronto ON

Deborah Powers
St. John’s NL

Sandra Bond
Winnipeg MB

Stuart Rammage
Penticton BC

Hilda Smith
St. John’s NL

Tom and Sharon van Milligen
Bridgewater NS

Dr. Denna Benn
Guelph ON

Joan Clark
Montreal QC

Muriel Plamandon
Quebec City QC

Molly Hardy
Winnipeg MB

Constance Hoover
Moncton NB

Philip Baines (posthumously)
Saskatoon SK

Kay and Larry McKeever
Vineland ON

Norman Nunn
Ottawa ON

Marjorie Wright
North Bay ON

Senator F.A. McGrand
Fredericton and Ottawa

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