Know NBS alumni who have made meaningful impact and contributions in their field? Submit a nomination for the Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished NBS Alumni.
As members of the NBS community, you know firsthand that the power of dance and the NBS experience reach across all sectors and disciplines—arts and culture, health and medicine, academia, and more.
This award celebrates the outstanding, globe-spanning accomplishments of NBS alumni. With your nomination, we will be able to highlight and celebrate one or two exceptional alumni in 2020.
The criteria that will be considered in the selection process include:
Excellence: the nominee has demonstrated excellence in a chosen field of endeavour
Inspiration: the nominee’s accomplishments will serve as a source of inspiration for current NBS students
Public service: the nominee’s accomplishments have moved the world forward in a meaningful and distinctive way
Impact of NBS Education: the nominee’s chosen career path was influenced by the education received at NBS
Courage: the nominee has shown courage in following a particular path
Nominations are now closed.
In weighing these criteria, the committee may consider a nominee who has had a major impact in a short period of time or may look at the long term arc of a nominee’s career.
About the Ken McCarter Award
In 2017, a new award was created to honour distinguished NBS alumni, to be presented annually at the Professional Ballet Academic Grade 12 graduation ceremony.
It is named for W. Kenneth McCarter, an NBS board director for 8 years. During that time, he held the positions of Vice-Chair and Chair of Nominating and Board Governance and also served on the Finance & Audit and Human Resources Committees. He was also the board representative at the 2016 Global Alumni Symposium. Sadly, Ken passed away in April, 2017 - this award has been created to honour his memory and his commitment to NBS.
In what turned out to be his final year, Ken was the guiding force behind an important initiative that will serve the school into the future: the establishment of the position of chancellor, which was announced at the June, 2017 graduation.
The board decided to establish the Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished NBS Alumni to honour Ken and connect his name to his abiding interest in the alumni of the School.
Ken attended the 2016 Global Alumni Symposium, after which he gave a compelling address to the Board stating that it, “should be proud of the extremely accomplished alumni of the School … Many have accomplished amazing things and they all have potential to play a role as terrific ambassadors for the School.”
With this in mind, the award in Ken’s name is designed to acknowledge the important contributions to public service made by NBS alumni through a broad range of professional activities.