The Victor and Nancy Knight Living Tribute Award is presented at the CUC National Conference. Funds were received in 1996 for the purpose of establishing a perpetual fund to honour the ideals exemplified by the lives and work of Nancy and Victor Knight in furthering the principles of Unitarianism in Canada. As an encouragement for others to follow their example, an award is made annually from the income of the fund to a living person, who has made a notable contribution to the furthering of liberal religious principles in Canada.
|2018||E. Lisbeth Donaldson||Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship|
|2016||Ellen Campbell||First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto|
|2015||Barbara Taylor||Unitarian Church of Vancouver|
|2015||John Taylor||Unitarian Church of Vancouver|
|2014||Christine Johnston||First Unitarian Church of Victoria|
|2013||Rev. Brian Kiely||Unitarian Church of Edmonton|
|2012||Leroy Dickey||First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo|
|2011||Kim Turner||Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax|
|2010||Ralph Greer||Unitarian Church of Vancouver|
|2009||Art Brewer||First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto|
|2008||Stan Calder||Unitarian Church of Edmonton|
|2007||John Slattery||Beacon Unitarian Church|
|2006||Heather Watts||Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax|
|2005||Bert Christensen||First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto|
|2005||Anna MacIver||First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto|
|2004||Ruth Patrick||Unitarian Church of Edmonton|
|2003||John Hopewell||First Unitarian Church of Victoria|
|2002||Bernie Keeler||Unitarian Church of Edmonton|
|2001||Herman Boerma||Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon|
|2000||Helen Backhouse||Unitarian Church of Calgary|
|1999||Ed Ratcliffe||Kingston Unitarian Fellowship|
|1998||Jack Wallace||Unitarian Church of Vancouver|
|1997||Mary Lu Macdonald||Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax|
|1996||John May||Don Heights Unitarian Fellowship|
|1995||Charles Eddis||Unitarian Church of Montreal|
|Phillip Hewett||Unitarian Church of Vancouver|
Social Justice Recognition Award
Unitarians and Universalists have a proud history in the forefront of many movements for social change. The Social Justice Recognition Award is granted to an individual for their outstanding contribution locally and nationally in an area of social justice work. This individual is nominated by their peers for making notable contributions to a single initiative or for their overall commitment to social action.
In 2018, the SJ Award was presented to Philip Symon for his unflagging commitment to working through domestic and global issues, and for being the editor of JustNews, the newsletter of the Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice for twelve years.
Awarded to posthumously to Bruce Schwartzentruber (First Toronto), 2015.
Shining Lights is an award that grew out of the CUC staff team’s desire to recognize and showcase congregations’ good news stories and best work. The Shining Lights Award celebrates innovation and sustainability in congregational initiatives and programming, and the winning congregation will share their successful processes with other congregations to imagine how they might do similar work in their own settings.
The beautiful Shining Lights Chalice created by Jo’Anne Kelly of Winnipeg, with base by Flatland Carpentry, will be awarded to each winning community. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shining Lights award was presented for the first time in 2018 to the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton. The award recognized the congregation’s efforts in moving towards a more focused social justice effort with meaningful community impact in three areas: i) affordable housing; ii) sexual and gender justice; iii) empowering those living in poverty to fulfill their potential. These three areas were selected from more than one hundred suggestions through a selection process led by Rev. Carly Gaylor, previous Assistant Minister.