Mark Joel has served as the Durham District School Board Superintendent of Education/ Operations/ Transportation and Leadership Development. He marked the end of his career with the Board at the end of August 2014, after 35 years in public education. This award has been established in his honour to provide a $500 scholarship to a student expressing a desire to pursue studies in education.

The prize ($500) is to be awarded to one Durham District School Board graduating student who:

  • is a student from the Black Diaspora (from  Caribbean /African decent)
  • is entering into a post-secondary program with the intention of becoming a teacher and,
  • is in their graduating year at a Durham District School Board Secondary School

a) Academic performance of the applicant;
b) Assessment of personal qualities;
c) Recommended by their secondary school Principal.
d) leadership within the school and / or community

Principals are asked to forward a written submission  of reference to the Chair of the Durham Black Educators’ Network with the following information about their nominee:

1. The extent to which the student meets the criteria;
2. Contribution to school life;
3. Student’s initiative in seeking award

The final selection is to be made of a committee consisting of two Trustees, four Educational administrators, and Retired Superintendent of Education Mark Joel.

Applications must be submitted by the last Thursday in March to the selection committee. The selection committee will receive the applications, determine the recipient and present the award at a reception in May each year as part of the Activating Success Student Awards night.

Click here for application: Mark Joel Trailblazer award