Applications now open for  2023/2024!
Best Buddies Canada

Awards & Scholarships

Award of Excellence

In recognition of Best Buddies Canada Month, which is recognized in March, our team selects a group of Chapters from across Canada to be recipients of the Award of Excellence. We acknowledge and commend the incredible work that these Chapters have done in promoting inclusion and creating friendships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Award of Excellence Recipients!

Past Award of
Excellence Recipients

Spirit of Friendship Award

SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP AWARD NOMINATION FORM

Congratulations to our Spirit of Friendship winners for 2021-2022 Taya, Olivia, Hannah, and Reighan!

The Spirit of Friendship Award is a national award given to only one buddy pair who exemplifies the true meaning of friendship and who have become ambassadors of the Best Buddy program.

The deadline for nominations for the 2023-2024 program year is April 1, 2024
Nominate a Buddy Pair who:
  1.  Have been matched for at least one academic year 
  2. Have an enduring friendship
  3. Have a truly significant impact on each other’s lives
  4. Have formed a strong bond and true friendship

SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP AWARD NOMINATION FORM

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.

Past Spirit of Friendship Award Winners

James Raymond Cowling Foundation Scholarship

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James Raymond Cowling came from humble beginnings. He cut his teeth at Menzies-Gibson Limited at 80 George Street in Toronto. Over the years, Ray’s career blossomed. He became one of Canada’s leading independent food brokers, importers and distributors. Ray finished his business career as the founder and president of the Cowling Group of Companies. He was a great philanthropist who helped children with intellectual disabilities. Through James Raymond Cowling Foundation, established in 1994, he committed the inaugural gift of $500,000 to Best Buddies Canada’s endowment fund.

To recognize the efforts of our exceptional participants we are offering scholarships to support their post-secondary education. Open to Best Buddies Canada participants registered in the 2022-2023 academic year.

2 scholarships are valued at $750; one for a peer buddy involved in a high school or post-secondary Chapter and one for a buddy going to post-secondary or to advance their skills or experience.

The scholarship recognizes students who have made an outstanding contribution to their Best Buddies Chapter in Canada. 

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Scholarship Winners, Sheeza and Emma!

Criteria for Scholarships:

  1. Have been noticeably involved with Best Buddies Canada for at least one school year.
  2. Open to only Canadian Best Buddies participants registered in the current academic year.
  3. Will be pursuing post-secondary studies or other developmental courses in the upcoming year.

James Raymond Cowling Foundation Scholarship Application Form

Please complete the Application Form and return it along with all supporting documents by email to info@bestbuddies.ca, before May 30, 2023

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James Raymond Cowling Foundation Scholarship Application Form

Please complete the Application Form and return it along with all supporting documents by email to info@bestbuddies.ca, before May 30, 2023

Criteria for Scholarships:

  1. Have been noticeably involved with Best Buddies Canada for at least one school year.
  2. Open to only Canadian Best Buddies participants registered in the current academic year.
  3. Will be pursuing post-secondary studies or other developmental courses in the upcoming year.

Past Winners