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Roots of Empathy was inducted into the HundrED ‘Hall of Fame’ for education innovation as part of their 2023 announcements. HundrED is a Finland-based education NGO that discovers, researches and shares inspiring innovations in K-12 education annually. Their goal is to help improve education and foster a movement by encouraging impactful and scalable innovations to spread across the world. For the previous 5 years in a row (2018-2022), Roots of Empathy was honoured to be selected from thousands of submissions from around the world as one of HundrED's most inspiring global education innovations. We were thrilled when that success translated into being one of only 4 global innovators inducted to be a permanent part of their Hall of Fame for 2023. CLICK HERE
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
Order of Ontario
Received by Mary Gordon for exceptional achievements that have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada, and beyond.
Honourary doctorate - National University of Ireland, Galway
Received by Mary Gordon
Governor General’s Innovation Award
Received by Mary Gordon, this award recognizes and celebrates outstanding Canadian individuals, teams and organizations – trailblazers and creators who contribute to our country’s success, who help share our future and who inspire the next generation…building an inclusive, compassionate society will be the keys to Canada’s success as a caring, efficient and prosperous nation.
Roots of Empathy recognized by UpSocial in Athens, Greece and Lisbon, Portugal as an innovation best placed to address the challenge of children at risk of social exclusion through their project “Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion”.
Shaw Communications
Mary Gordon was named 1 of 50 Outstanding Canadians by Shaw Communications which recognized the outstanding people and organizations making Canada a better place for kids.
Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Memorial University, St. John’s NFLD
Received by Mary Gordon
Toronto Catholic District School Board Award of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education
Recieved by Mary Gordon
Canadian Institute of Child Health - National Child Day Award
Received by Mary Gordon
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Significant Achievement and Remarkable Service (Education)
Received by Mary Gordon
Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
Received by Mary Gordon for exemplifying the strengths, talent and determination of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction from the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards
Received by Mary Gordon for one of the top social innovations in Canada.
Public Education Advocacy Award for the Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Received by Mary Gordon
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (U.S) Global Changemakers Award for Young Men at Risk
Received by Mary Gordon
Ontario Teachers Federation Lifetime Fellowship Award
Received by Mary Gordon
Order of Canada
Received by Mary Gordon for her extraordinary contributions to the nation.
Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Education
Received by Mary Gordon
Ashoka Fellowship
Mary Gordon was awarded the first ever Ashoka Fellowship in Canada, recognizing her as a member of an international circle of social entrepreneurs who have the creativity and skill to envision and bring new ways of addressing persistent social problems. In 2011, she was named an Ashoka Globalizer, joining a select group of Ashoka Fellows supported in extending their message and impact to the global level. Mary is currently a member of the Ashoka Canada Board and an executive of the Global Executive Board out of D.C.
Toronto Foundation for Student Success Inaugural Fraser Mustard Award
This was the first Fraser Mustard Award received by Mary Gordon, in recognition of corporations and individuals for their contributions to the physical, emotional and intellectual well-being of Canada's next generation of leaders
Distinguished Educator Award (national), presented by Michael Fullan, OISE, University of Toronto
Received by Mary Gordon
Psychology Foundation of Canada Community Service Award
Received by Mary Gordon

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