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Frederic A. McGrand Award

The 2014 CFHS Frederic A McGrand Award winner is Rob Laidlaw Rob Laidlaw

Rob has demonstrated a relentless dedication and commitment to improving animal welfare in Canada and around the world. Rob has spent more than 30 years working to protect animals of all kinds. Throughout the ups and downs he has never lost his hope that he can directly impact things for the betterment of all animals.

Rob is an author, Chartered Biologist and in 1984 founded and is the current Executive Director of Zoocheck, an international wildlife protection charity.

Nominate an Animal Welfare hero

Created in 1985, the prestigious CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to animal welfare in Canada.

Past winners include wildlife rehabilitation pioneers Kay and Larry McKeever, animal welfare advocate and veterinarian Dr. Carol Morgan, farm animal welfare champions Tom and Sharon van Milligen amongst many others.

The Nomination process is currently closed. The CFHS will be receiving nominations for the 2015 CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award later in the year.

How to nominate:

A nominee for the CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award must have made a significant contribution as a founder or builder of the animal welfare movement or otherwise have made a substantial contribution to animal welfare in Canada.

The nomination must include the following information:

1. A title page with full contact details about the nominee and nominator including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone and Cell Numbers
  • Email address

2. A detailed description of the contributions made by the nominee to animal welfare and protection in Canada. This may include, but is not exclusive to, a narrative description by the nominee, newspaper articles, blog entries, media transcripts, articles or other supporting materials.

3. Two letters of reference to support the nomination.

4. A signature and date by the nominator.

All entries will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and the award will be presented at their discretion.

Please send nominations to the CFHS by mail, email or fax:
Mail: 30 Concourse Gate, Suite 102, Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7V7
Phone: 613.224.8072 Fax: 613.723.0252

About the CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award

The award is named after a founding director and past president of CFHS, the late Senator Frederic A. McGrand. Throughout his life the senator recognized and advocated respect for all life. He left an important and ongoing philosophical legacy to the animal welfare movement and also established and left an ongoing charitable trust which continues to benefit humane societies in Atlantic Canada.

Senator McGrand was trained as a medical doctor and made his home in New Brunswick. He was elected to the New Brunswick legislature in 1935 and served as its speaker from 1939 to 1944. He served as the Minister of Health and Social Services of New Brunswick from 1944 to 1952. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1955. He was a founding director of CFHS in 1957 and served as our president from 1961 to 1965. He continued as a director of CFHS until his death in 1988. He believed passionately in the importance of humane education.

Senator McGrand was the primary driving force behind the senate’s study of violence. Its report, entitled “Child at Risk”, was completed in 1980 and examined early childhood experiences as causes of criminal behaviour.

The 2014

Past winners of CFHS Frederic A. McGrand Award

Recipient Location Year
Dr. Carol Morgan Malahat BC 2011
Carol Baird Exploits Valley NL 2009
Cathy Thomas Calgary AB 2008
Pat LeGrow Cornwall PE 2007
Joy Ripley Calgary AB 2006
Dr. Alice Crook Charlottetown PE 2004
Mary L. Driscoll Calgary AB 2003
E. Jean Mercer NL 2002
Marjorie Ignatieff Ottawa ON 2002
Eleanor Dawson Winnipeg MB 2001
Robert Gardiner ON 2000
Stephanie Brown Toronto ON 1999
Deborah Powers St. John’s NL 1997
Sandra Bond Winnipeg MB 1996
Stuart Rammage Penticton BC 1995
Hilda Smith St. John’s NL 1994
Tom and Sharon van Milligen Bridgewater NS 1994
Dr. Denna Benn Guelph ON 1993
Joan Clark Montreal QC 1992
Muriel Plamandon Quebec City QC 1991
Molly Hardy Winnipeg MB 1990
Constance Hoover Moncton NB 1989
Philip Baines (posthumously) Saskatoon SK 1988
Kay and Larry McKeever Vineland ON 1987
Norman Nunn Ottawa ON 1986
Marjorie Wright North Bay ON 1986
Senator F.A. McGrand Fredericton and Ottawa 1985

Dr. Carol Morgan
2011 Frederic A. McGrand Award recipient Dr. Carol Morgan

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