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The Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award

About Phillip E.M. Leith | About the Award | Past Recipients


The Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award

Phillip E. M. Leith (undated photo)
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Honoured Benefactor of the UELAC

Phillip E.M. Leith, DFC, CMH, UE, MSc, BSA, BComm

With an ancestry that can be traced for more than 700 years, it's easy to understand how Phillip Edward Meric Leith, UE, became one of the most significant patrons of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada.

A fourth generation ancestor of Samuel Ryerse, UE, who served in the New Jersey Volunteers, Leith lived the charmed life of a true Canadian aristocrat. Born in Toronto in 1914, he attended both Upper Canada College and England's prestigious Eton prep school before working for the Royal Bank of Canada in England. He fondly remembered being paid 60 Pounds sterling per year, and being asked to deliver cheques that were worth one million Pounds sterling. "I did not waste any time doing this," he once said.

King George VI awarded Leith the Distinguished Flying Cross by for his service as a flyer and navigational trainer with the RCAF in World War Two.

After the war, Leith earned a BSA and BComm from the University of B.C., and graduated with an MSc from the University of Alberta. His later years were divided between his farm in Scotland and a home in West Vancouver.

In 1994, he created the Phillip Leith UELAC Trust to ensure the future of the Dominion association and upon his passing on Nov. 14, 2006, the Vancouver branch inaugurated the Phillip Leith Memorial Medal to be awarded annually to a person, from the pacific region, as recognition for their outstanding volunteer work on behalf of the association.

Read more in the Spring Issues (2005 and 2007) of the Loyalist Gazette (Vol. XLIII, No. 1, Spring 2005 and Vol. XLV, No. 1, Spring 2007)


The Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award

Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award
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The Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award

The Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award exemplifies Volunteer Excellence, by conferring recognition on recipient(s), and their contribution to the UEL Vancouver Branch and the Association at large.

Exclusive to UEL Pacific Regional membership, this Award salutes the "best in volunteerism" amongst our members within the UELAC.

  1. Awarded to persons who are members in good-standing in the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada; the UEL Vancouver Branch; or any other Regional Branch within the Province of British Columbia.
  2. Nominees will be individuals who have gone "that extra mile" in their contribtuion to the UEL Vancouver Branch or UEL Regional Branches or to the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada at large.
  3. Nominations for the recipient of this Award to be selected from the Branches of the UEL Pacific Regional Membership.
  4. Nominations to be submitted to Committee Chair of the Phillip E.M. Leith Memorial Award; UE Vancouver Branch by 28 February yearly.
  5. UEL Vancouver Branch Committee will formulate Candidate(s) recommendation to the Vancouver Branch Executive.

Presentation to be made at the Annual UE Vancouver Branch Loyalists's Spring Fleet Celebration.

Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award Recipients

The Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Award Winners, 2007-2014

Past & Present Leith Award
Recipients 2007-2014
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Vancouver Branch inaugurated the Phillip E. M. Leith Memorial Medal in Phillip's memory after his death in November 2006. It is awarded annually to a person from the Pacific Region in recognition of their outstanding volunteer work on behalf of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.


Nominations

Click here for the nomination form (MS Word format).


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