The Lawson Foundation: Emerging Leader Awards
In 2016-2017, the Lawson Foundation of London and Toronto celebrated its 60th anniversary as a national family foundation. As part of this celebration, the Foundation created a special award, the Emerging Leader Awards. These awards were made to six outstanding young individuals working in the philanthropic, charitable or non-profit sector. The awards were designed to be a ‘from youth, for youth’ project led by the Foundation’s fifth generation of the Lawson family. From the nominations put forward, the 5G selected the six Emerging Leader Award recipients based on criteria they themselves identified and created. These young leaders are passionate and dedicated to their respective causes and projects, and are involved in the philanthropic, charitable or nonprofit sector in positive, refreshing and innovative ways. The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved $140,000 to be directed to the award recipients.