Apply for the Spirit of Friendship Award

Spirit of Friendship Award

While we hope that every Buddy Pair is a wonderful match, the Spirit of Friendship Award recognizes those pairs whose match have become ambassadors of the Best Buddies program and encompasses the true meaning of friendship. Please complete the Nomination Form and return it along with all supporting documents by email to, or by fax to 416-531-0325, before May 31, 2016.

We are looking for pairs:

  • That have been matched for at least one academic year
  • Whose friendship will continue long after their participation in the program is over
  • Who have had a significant impact on each others lives
  • That are involved in each other’s respective lives

The Spirit of Friendship pair will become our spokes-pair for the year following their award, and will be expected to be available to participate in special events in their region. Please fill out the nomination form and include an essay and photo. The deserving Buddy Pair will be a key speaker at the next Leadership and Development Conference.


Click here to download the Spirit of Friendship Award Nomination Form

2015 Spirit of Friendship Award Winners

MacKenzie and Mia

Mia Belluz and Mackenzie Stewart

Best Buddies Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014/15 Spirit of Friendship Award, Mia Belluz and Mackenzie Stewart of Dundas, ON.  The two young ladies have been Best Buddies for four years and have spent that time building a friendship that will last a lifetime.  Their genuine connection and the strong bond they share is obvious when you hear the belly laughs from inside jokes and stories they share and see the giant smiles they put on each other’s faces.

Mia and Mackenzie began their friendship with lunches in the cafeteria at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School.   Not long after, the two Justin Beiber fans attended school dances, sleepovers, sweet sixteen parties and a ONE DIRECTION concert.

Mackenzie recently graduated from high school but stays in contact and get together regularly.  Although they no longer see each other every day at school, Mia and Mackenzie believe they will remain true friends forever.  Mia says she loves Mackenzie because she is always happy.  Mackenzie says, “Mia will always be in my life and when I think about our future, I see Mia as my bridesmaid.”

The friendship that has formed between Mia and Mackenzie encompasses the true meaning of friendship, and they have become ambassadors of the Best Buddies program.

Congratulations Mia and Mackenzie!

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