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Jeff Dickins Memorial Award

Jeff Dickins was a sports writer at The Hamilton Spectator, with a special fondness for high school sports. When Jeff passed away too young, his colleagues established an annual award in his honour, that celebrates students who excel in athletic involvement, academic achievements and community involvement.

Academic achievement points to the student's ability to consistently maintain high grades while competing or being involved in multiple sports, although participation in a single school sport would not necessarily disqualify one for consideration. For example, an individual could be a member of the school's rowing team and a member of a provincial or national team which has earned recognition for its efforts By the same token a student could be a manager of a school team and coach or manage a team away from the school.

Community involvement would show a student-athlete's participation outside the school environment. Volunteer work with various social agencies, visiting seniors in nursing homes, and coaching non-school teams, are just some of the possible considerations.


Did you know?


A lone-parent family with one child lives on an annual income of about $10,000, before taxes.

On-going Initiatives


In supporting SpecKids Unlimited, you will help ensure that more children in our community have the opportunities that any child in Hamilton should rightly expect and deserve. Funds donated to SpecKids Unlimited support the following initiatives.

  • The Summer Camp Fund – which sends kids at risk to a week-long, fun-filled adventure at camp
  • Jeff Dickins Memorial Award – bursaries for students who excel in academics, athletics and community involvement.
  • Kids in the Community – our employee-driven campaign, which relies on support from our generous sponsors, to fund a variety of initiatives in the community designed to improve the lives of children in need.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Diana Frate at 905-526-3512 or dfrate@thespec.com or Cheryl Stepan at 905-526-2439 or cstepan@thespec.com. Fund is managed by the Hamilton Community Foundation.


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