The Clinton T. Sayers Award for Community Service at TCS

January 7, 2019

A Special Message to the TCS Family regarding the Clinton T. Sayers Award for Community Service

Further to Stuart Grainger's blog-post of December 6, 2018 entitled "Giving Year Round," we are writing to inform you of some further exciting news regarding the Clinton T. Sayers Award for Community Service and its associated fund at TCS.

As some of you may recall, we launched a two-year campaign in July of 2015 in support of this award, created in 1996, which honours a student every Speech Day who has shown outstanding leadership and generosity in the realm of community service at TCS.

The purpose of the 2015 campaign was to generate new funds to bolster both the award and community service in general at TCS.

Our campaign set a goal of $25,000, and thanks to your generosity, we ended up far exceeding that goal with a grand total of approximately $41,000 by the time the campaign ended on June 30, 2017. We are thrilled to announce that the fund has now grown to nearly $55,000.

Since June 30, 2017, the Sayers Committee has been working closely with Headmaster Stuart Grainger and the School's philanthropy and alumni office to finalize plans for the future handling of the fund and the award, and on that note, we are pleased to formally announce to all our friends in the TCS family that we have reached agreement with the School regarding the following items:

  1. The winners of the Clinton T. Sayers Award for Community Service will now have their names inscribed in gold leaf on the historic walls of Osler Hall, alongside the names of those who have won the School's other most prestigious awards.
  2. The current Sayers Trophy will be replaced by a new one designed by our Class of 1980 colleague David Fisher. An accomplished reconstructive surgeon at Sick Kids, David is also a talented artist who is currently pursuing his BFA at York University. Last year, David generously offered to redesign the trophy and his creation will be inaugurated at Speech Day 2020.
  3. In addition, there will be a brand new wall display to include a photo and biography of Clinton, a statement from the Class of 1980 and the names of all past award winners on a beautiful brick wall between the Cirne Commons and LeVan Hall. A very attractive and comfortable seating/waiting area for students will be positioned in front of the display in this heavily trafficked area of campus.
  4. It is envisioned that our (current) fund of $55,000 will generate approximately $2,200 of income each year. It has been agreed between the School and the Sayers Committee that this generated sum will be split on a 50-50 basis between the award recipient and the TCS service learning department each year. For the past 22 years, there has been no cash component to the Sayers Award. Starting in 2020, the Sayers Award winner will receive a cash prize which will then be onward transmitted by him/her to a charity or community cause of his/her choice. In this way, the Sayers Fund will continue to have positive ripple effects in the community outside TCS on a yearly basis. The other 50% of generated income will go directly to the director of service learning who will use it at her discretion to support worthy student service projects throughout the year.
  5. Finally, and most exciting of all, we are thrilled to announce that the service learning office of TCS will be renamed and henceforth known as the Clinton T. Sayers Centre for Service Learning ("Sayers Centre"). The TCS service learning office previously was located in a small office in the basement of the "Old Classroom Block" and recently moved to much larger space located at the southeast corner of what used to be known as the "New Gym." This space previously housed the athletic therapy office and clinic but these have now moved to the new Arnold Massey '55 Athletic Centre. The new Sayers Centre will consist of the office of the director of service learning, meeting space, and other resources and facilities to support students in their community service activities. The outside wall of the new facility will have appropriate signage identifying it as TCS's new Clinton T. Sayers Centre for Service Learning. The full name of the Sayers Centre will also be added to way-finding directional signage around campus and to all official campus maps. The official opening of the new Sayers Centre will take place at Reunion Weekend in May 2020.

These are the highlights of the collective work that we and the School have been doing over the last 18 months, and this work will continue apace for the next 17 months in the lead-up to 2020.

We are very grateful to Stuart Grainger and his team for being so supportive of this initiative and for all their hard work over the last nearly four years in collaborating with us on this campaign.

In the coming 17 months as you consider your various TCS giving options, we hope you will consider the "Clinton T. Sayers ’80 Award for Community Service" by going to and ticking the relevant box.

For now, we thank all donors for their sincere and generous support of this project, and we hope you will join us in 2020 to be a part of the grand opening of the new Clinton T. Sayers Centre for Service Learning, and to help us celebrate community service at TCS.

Yours faithfully,
The Sayers Committee

Per: John Belyea, Zack Chauvin, George Davie, Greg Davies, Fraser W. Gamble, Taylor F. Hollander, Peter Kedwell, Marc Lafontaine, Doug Macfarlane, Tony Roberts, Neil D. Stephenson, Ian H. Warren


Donors to date

Anonymous (2)
Anonymous, in memory of Douglas McGregor '80
Randall Bain '80
Paul Baker '80
Brent Barootes '80
Charles Barrett '67
Chris Beardall '80
Adam Belyea '80
John Belyea '80
Reshma Bhargava '01
Andrew Blunden '80
Bill Boughner '56, in memory of Peter Boughner '58
Gordon Boughner '83
Andrew Boughner '16
Edward Boyd '82
Ian Brogden '80
Colin Brown '75
Mary Lou Brownlee
Tamara Bryant '07
Michael Bryson '81
Rick Byers '78
Zack Chauvin '13
Douglas Church '81
John Church '80
Class of 1981
Class of 1982
Chris Cowan '80
Sam Cureatz
James Daignault '80
Geoff Dale
George Davie '80
Andrew Davies '84
Eric Davies '82
Greg Davies '80
Thomas Delaney '80
Pin Duangdee '03
Michael Ebsary '80
David Ferrie '80
David Fisher '80
Steven Frank '80
Daniela Gagnon '08
Fraser Gamble '80
Ian Gamble '81
John & Dorothy Geale
Roderick Gladwish '80
Roger Glassco '65
Peter Goering '77, in memory of Jack Goering '43
Sheila Goering, in memory of Jack Goering '43
Richard Havlicek '80
Taylor Hollander
Christopher Honey '80
Adam Howard '76
Michael Hubicki '80
Gareth & Gillian Jones
Peter Kedwell
Jon Kennedy '82
Tim Kennish '58
Charlie Ker '80
Donna Kim '10
Donna Kim '10
Kathy & Ted LaBranche, in honour of Joffre LaBranche '18
Anthony Lafleur '53
Marc Lafontaine '80
Brian Lawson '78
Tom Lawson '47
Janice Lindsay
Tom Little '79
Tricia Lorriman '00
Jeffrey Lowe '79
David Lynn '81
David Macfarlane '71
Doug Macfarlane '80
Spencer Main '14
Philip & Tricia Mandryk
Doug Mann
Chris Matthews '77
David McCart '67
Brayden McCarthy '03
Don McCord
D. Walter McCormick '77
Alastair McDonald
Win McKay '79
Richard McLaren '64
Michael Meighen '56
William Morton '81
Fred Muldowney-Brooks '80
Peter Mulholland '81
Terry Needham '79, in memory of Ben Needham '80
Allison Noseworthy '99
Andrew Ochalski '80
Christopher Payne '80
Christopher Phillips '79, in memory of Charles Phillips '80
Leslie Pindling '80
Tony Prower '46
Tony Roberts '81
Ryan Rodrigues '94
Debbie Sayers
Peter Sayers '75
Roger & Barbara Sayers
Doug Scott '81
John Scrivener '79
Madeleine Shaw-Rimmington '11
Stephen Sills '80
David Smith '81
Brian Snowdon '80
Michael Solway '80
Ted Southey '80
David Spaidal '80 & The Silvia Spaidal Fund
Ted Staunton
Marie Stephenson
Mark Stephenson
Neil Stephenson '80
Paul Stephenson
Hugh Stevenson
Michael Stevenson '81
Mark Stewart '80
Stewart Stockdale '80
Philip Stratford '80
Koidu Suleva-Vasila, in memory of Andrus Vasila '80
Harry Taylor '79
David Thomas '82
Nathan Titterton '17
Sarah Titterton '98
Henrik Vasila '87, in memory of Andrus Vasila '80
Ian Warren '80
Evan White '80
Jeff Wood '79
Rodger & Louise Wright
Neil Yip-Choy '80