Honorary Scholarship Award Application Process Now Open 

For Immediate Release
2/17/2016 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519.759.4150 

Named in honour of a devoted community activist, the Anna Mae Simington Scholarship is awarded annually by the Brant, Brantford and Six Nations Impaired and Distracted Driving Advisory Committee to a graduating student who epitomises the spirit of the award honouree.

Anna Mae Simington, who died suddenly in October of 2006, was a passionate advocate and champion of victims’ rights. Simington's campaign against impaired driving and promoting victims' services began in 1987 when Brantford and Brant County were selected to host one of three anti-drinking and driving pilot projects in the province. Simington went on to become a founder of the Brant-Brantford Impaired Driving Advisory Committee (former name) and co-founded the Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving. Anna Mae also pioneered the development of the “Impaired Drivers Awareness” Program that provides counselling services to convicted impaired drivers. The Provincial Government “Back on Track” Program is modeled on this initiative.

In 1990, she was presented with a community service award and was honoured by the Addiction Research Foundation. Simington was also a trustee on the former Brant County Roman Catholic Separate School Board and served a term as the board's vice-chair and was chair of the board's finance committee.

“Anna Mae was a remarkable woman who contributed to her community in so many vital ways," said Cathy Drinkwater, Chair. “Ideally we would like to see this award go to a student who shares her enthusiasm for volunteerism, more specifically her passion for awareness and prevention of impaired driving.”

Applications are now being received for the $300 award.

Application Criteria

  • Award winner must be graduating from a City of Brantford, County of Brant or Six Nations High School and accepted to a college or university in the fall of 2016 or currently enrolled in a local Post-Secondary Institution.
  • Student must have a good academic standing as determined by his/her school.
  • Award winner must have a history of volunteer work either in the school and the Brant, Brantford and Six Nations community.
  • Students will have been involved directly or indirectly with impaired driving or victims’ rights issues.
  • Winning student must consent to release of his/her name and photograph to the media.

Students interested in applying or learning more about the scholarship can contact the advisory committee through Laurie Schunk at the City of Brantford Clerk's office, at 519-759-4150, ext. 5719.

Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Brantford, Ontario
Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | Cell: 519.732.9305
mvisocchi@brantford.ca