Our Awards

Order of Ontario
Received by Mary Gordon for exceptional achievements that have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada, and beyond.
2020
Honourary doctorate - National University of Ireland, Galway
Received by Mary Gordon
2019
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.
2018
HundrED.org
Roots of Empathy recognized as one of 100 most inspiring social innovations of the year by Finnish education organization HundrED. HundrED aims to share inspirational ideas and projects across borders to improve the future of education worldwide. The innovations were identified through research, events and recommendations; over 700 projects were evaluated for their originality, impact and scalability.
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
UpSocial
Roots of Empathy ecognized 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”.
2017
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.
2017
Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Memorial University, St. John’s NFLD
Received by Mary Gordon
2015
Toronto Catholic District School Board Award of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education
Recieved by Mary Gordon
2015
Canadian Institute of Child Health - National Child Day Award
Received by Mary Gordon
2013
Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
Received by Mary Gordon for exemplifying the strengths, talent and determination of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
2012
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.
2011
Public Education Advocacy Award for the Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Received by Mary Gordon
2009
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Changemakers Award for Young Men at Risk
Received by Mary Gordon
2008
Ontario Teachers Federation Lifetime Fellowship Award
Received by Mary Gordon
2008
Order of Canada
Received by Mary Gordon for her extraordinary contributions to the nation.
2005 or 2006
Ashoka Fellowship
Mary Gordon was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship, 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.
2002
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
2002
Distinguished Educator Award (national), University of Toronto
Received by Mary Gordon
2000
Psychology Foundation of Canada Community Service Award
Received by Mary Gordon
1998

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