MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award

The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award (MIMAA), presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation recognizes an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on education and the charity over the course of its history.

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Gary Slaight, winner of the 2021 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award. Photo: Evaan Kheraj

MusiCounts and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation are pleased to present Gary Slaight with the 2021 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award.

In honour of the MIMAA Recipient, $30,000 worth of MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grants will be awarded to Canadian schools.

Each award recipient will also receive a statuette based on the JUNO Award design.

The 2021 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador

Through the Slaight Family Foundation, Gary Slaight has contributed more than $750,000 over 10 remarkable years. His contributions have helped over 60 schools in the Greater Toronto Area and First Nations communities in Ontario purchase instruments and deliver culturally-relevant music programming to thousands of students.

“Playing an instrument and bonding with other kids of a similar age helps build character and nurture creativity,” said Slaight. “Now with issues around the COVID-19 pandemic and learning from home, music is more valuable and provides the kids an outlet to express themselves and connect beyond the virtual world. Music helps unlock a new universe for young people, just as it did for me in my early years. To me it’s very important. Music and a knowledge of music brings prosperity and vibrancy to our communities.”

2021 Recipient Schools

Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik High School, Rankin Inlet NU

Tuugaalik High School, Naujaat NU

Sivuniit Middle School, Iglooik NU


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Previous MusiCounts Inspired Mind Ambassador Award Recipients

Learn more about each of the incredible previous recipients of the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.


The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award is Presented by

Founded in 1960, The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping Canadian families save for their children's post-secondary education through its subsidiaries CST Spark Inc. and CST Consultants Inc. In addition to its focus on education savings, the Foundation rewards hard working and community minded Canadian students through scholarships, bursaries and awards programs - with more than $2 million awarded since CST began. Through innovation, advocacy and philanthropy The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation continues to deliver upon its mission. For more information, visit www.cst.org