The Umbrella Project Awards

CELEBRATING OUR UMBRELLA SKILLS TOGETHER

Throughout our lives, we will all be met with challenges and setbacks. It is important that we prepare for these inevitable days by learning how to improve our positive coping skills.

The Umbrella Project Awards recognize and celebrate students and educators who show us how to choose well-being by actively strengthening their coping skills and bravely taking on challenges we all face.

Our 2021 Awards are now closed, and we hosted a awards ceremony on May 31st, 2021. You can watch the replay of the awards ceremony here

Stay tuned about details for our 2022 Umbrella Project Awards. 

The Awards

This year, in partnership with Ontario Mutuals are giving away $20,000 in cash and prizes to 8 recipients across Canada who have experienced rain in their lives and are choosing to strengthen their coping skills.

You can apply yourself for any of these awards, or you can nominate a friend, peer or family member.

The Categories 

In 2021, there are four categories, with two awards being presented in each category. See below for full description and prize details. 

Four Categories

Students (Grade 1-8)

Students must be full-time or part-time at any organized educational institution, currently in Grades 1-8 (public, private, online, homeschool).

PRIZE: Two recipients will receive $900 in cash and prizes: 

$500 cash
$100 gift card
Family well-being call ($250 value)
Umbrella Parenting 101 course ($50 value) 

Students (Grade 9-12)

Students must be full-time or part-time at any organized educational institution, currently in Grades 9-12 (public, private, online, homeschool).

PRIZE: two recipients will receive $1,400 in cash and prizes: 

$1,000 cash
$100 gift card 
1:1 Well-being call ($250 value)
Umbrella Parenting 101 course ($50 value)

Educators

Educators must be full-time or part-time at any organized educational institution (public, private, online).

PRIZE: two recipients will receive $1,850 in cash and prizes: 

$1,500 cash
$100 gift card 
1:1 Well-being call ($250 value)

School Community

School communities must be publicly or privately funded educational organizations.

We will be awarding one recipient school that currently runs The Umbrella Project curriculum, and one school that does not currently run The Umbrella Project curriculum.

PRIZE: School Community (currently running The Umbrella Project) will receive up to $7,700 in cash and prizes:     

$1,500 cash
Umbrella Parenting 101 course for each family (approx $5,000 value)
Educator Professional Development Bundle ($450 value)
Student or Parent Workshop ($750 + HST) 

PRIZE: School Community (not currently running The Umbrella Project) will receive up to $4,400 in cash and prizes: 

$1,500 cash
The Umbrella Project curriculum ($1,700 value)
Educator Professional Development Bundle ($450 value)
Student or Parent Workshop ($750 + HST)

The Umbrella Project Awards are

Made possible by:

“We are constantly amazed by the stories we hear about students, educators and schools using their umbrella of coping skills to weather the tough days, take on big challenges and help others do the same. We can’t wait to further support our community and celebrate these stories!”

Dr. Jen Forristal, BSc, ND, Founder of The Umbrella Project

Next steps

Want to know what questions you will need to answer before you apply or nominate? Simply download The Umbrella Project Awards Guidelines so you can prepare your application. We are also accepting applications in French, so you will find all of the questions are bilingual.

If you don’t attend an Umbrella Project school, and aren’t familiar with the Umbrella Skills, you can download a bilingual copy of the Umbrella Skill Definitions to support the application or nomination process. 

 

Review Committee:

We are thrilled to have a volunteer review committee in 2021 that will be reviewing all the applications and deciding our recipients in each category. Each of our committee members is passionate about youth, mental health and well-being and has an expertise they bring to this year’s awards. They will be reviewing applications based on specific criteria that can be found in the UP Award Guidelines document above.

Elisa Brewer-Singh

Elisa Brewer-Singh

Executive Director, WRSPC

Katrina Burch

Katrina Burch

CMHA Waterloo Wellington

Lisa Canning

Lisa Canning

Author, Entrepreneur, Coach, Mom of 8

Lisa Hunter

Lisa Hunter

Manager Marketing & Communications, Ontario Mutuals

Sonia Gallimore

Sonia Gallimore

Social Impact Business Leader

Colleen Lavigne

Colleen Lavigne

Retired Educator

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald

Founder, CEO Recess Guardians

Stuart McHenry

Stuart McHenry

Program Coordinator, Jack.org

Brett McNeil

Brett McNeil

Program Manager, Author, Inclusion Advocate

 

Brandon Mina

Brandon Mina

Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Ontario Mutuals

Jessica Schumacher

Jessica Schumacher

CMHA Waterloo-Wellington, YouthTALK Facilitator, YouthTALK Mentors

Amy Tepperman

Amy Tepperman

Founder & Educator Director, Moving Education

Tavia Tobey

Tavia Tobey

Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Ontario Mutuals

Lynn Woodbeck

Lynn Woodbeck

Retired Principal

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out our rules and regulations, and other common questions.

What are the rules and regulations?

In order to apply for these awards, or nominate someone else, you must be eligible according to the guidelines below.

  • Must be a legal Canadian resident and fit the eligibility criteria at the time of the contest opening.
  • Applications will be accepted in English and French, and our applications are bilingual.
  • Please download the UP Award Guidelines for all criteria, and to see what questions you will be asked on the application form.
  • All applications and nominations must be submitted by May 4th, 2021, 11:59pm EST in order to be considered. A full nomination includes both the application form and a letter of suppor (when required).

For full rules and regulations, please read here.

What is The Umbrella Project?

We develop sustainable, research-based tools for schools and families to anticipate life’s challenges and support the proactive development of positive coping skills. We take an inquiry-based approach to mental health and encourage curiosity and interest in order to gain insight into the skills that help us thrive. Building the Umbrella Skills has a deep and profound impact on the children, families and schools we work with and provides them with a growing layer of protection against life’s rainy days. 

Do you have to attend an Umbrella Project school in order to apply?

As long as you are a Canadian student, educator or school community we welcome you to apply yourself or nominate someone else. If your school runs The Umbrella Project curriculum, you may be more familiar with the Umbrella Skills, however we have included a download of the Umbrella Skills and their definitions so anyone can reference them in their application.

Can you save your application?

We recommend that you download the UP Award Guideline document, gather the information you need, and answer the questions ahead of time. Once you start filling out the application, you won’t be able to save it and come back later.

Can I apply myself and nominate someone else?

Absolutely! You can apply for your own award, and be part of nominating a fellow student, an educator or a peer.

When will the recipients be announced?

The applications close on May 4th at 11:59pm EST. The review committee will be reviewing all the applications during the first few weeks of May, and we will be announcing the recipients between May 25-27.

Who do we contact with questions or media requests?

If you have questions about the application process, would like to promote the awards, or would like to schedule an interview with Dr. Jen, please email admin@umbrellaproject.co and we will get back to you within 2-3 business days.

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