The Stacey Levitt Memorial Award was created in memory and celebration of Stacey’s life by her family through Parachute. This annual high school student award encourages Canadian youth to embody Stacey’s qualities and ideals and Parachute’s overarching goal of a long life lived to the fullest, while maintaining an approach that is rooted in risk management and injury prevention.
The Levitt family awards each year's selected recipient $2,500 in funding to help them live their life to the fullest. The award could be put towards an educational endeavour, engagement in sports, or investment in a travel experience – all pursuits that would have resonated with Stacey. Award recipients are expected to write a reflection on the impact of the funding on their life, due within one year of the distribution of funds.
The successful recipient will also receive a copy of Stacey’s book of poetry, I Am a Rose: A Life in Poetry published by her family in 1996 after her death.
Set a goal
and reach it!
Hold your head high!
Don’t settle for second,
Aim for the top,
Use your power!
Let yourself go
to the zenith of your being!
Believe in yourself!
You can do whatever you want
If you really set your heart to it!
- Inspiring words from Stacey’s poetry journal, written in 1989 at the age of 12
Congratulations to Kate Walsh of Beford, NS!
“The choice of just one young person each year among the hundreds of applicants for Stacey’s award is always difficult, because of the caliber of the applicants. This year was no different. In the end, we felt that this year’s recipient, Katherine Walsh, with her demonstrated leadership qualities would be a fantastic ambassador for the principles of the Parachute organization and those that guided Stacey and made her the admired young woman that she was. We thank and congratulate all of the applicants for their thoughtful applications and the incredible accomplishments so far in their lives.” - Ned Levitt
2018 - Kate Walsh Bedford, NS
2017 - Jenicca Jean Upper Queensbury, NB.
2016 - Thomas Semychyshyn Winnipeg, MB
2015 - Kennedy Neumann Burnaby, BC
2014 - Melissa Tiggert Toronto, ON
Stacey Levitt was born May 19, 1977 at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. She attended Allenby Public School, Glenview Senior Public School and Northern Secondary School. Stacey had a wide variety of interests and lived a busy and active life while growing up in North Toronto with her family – her parents Ned and Cheryl, her sisters Marni and Jacqueline, and many very special and close friends.
On Aug. 30, 1995, 18-year-old Stacey was struck and killed by a driver of a motor vehicle while jogging in her Toronto neighbourhood.
To learn more about the Stacey Levitt Memorial Award, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.