2013 Peter Huish Award of Merit
18 Dec, 2013
In 2009, as part of the celebrations commemorating the 10th anniversary of MSCM, the Peter Huish Award of Merit was created to recognize an individual in the community that has made significant contribution to the practice of restorative justice in Montreal. Past recipients of the award have been Marie, Margaret, Michele and Jeri, and the announcement of the year’s winner is always an exciting part of the annual Christmas party programme.
Every year in November and December, members of MSCM are invited to nominate a worthy recipient and one is chosen by Peter from the entries received. This year’s award went to a long time volunteer who has demonstrated the spirit of MSCM in all he does, who inspires us and serves as an example for all of us. Quoting from a nomination, Peter said of the winner, “He makes himself available to guys at various prisons and at Open Door, and he devotes many hours without pay to being a comfort to guys who have little of that…” many knew at this point that it was Tony who was chosen…. “We are privileged to have Tony among us, to have him as a member of our community, as a friend, colleague, example, and leader.”
An enthusiastic round of applause was given to the deserving winner who was a bit overwhelmed with emotion at receiving this honour.
Tony is famous for his presentation of the spiritual moment at Open Door, which he gives as a mixture of personal experience, philosophical thinking, and biblical teaching. He has also distinguished himself as a talented reader of poetry and literature (we look forward to his annual reading of Charles Dickens) and for sharing with us his love of the English classics. Most important, with humility and humour Tony shares himself, an encouragement to everyone that within MSCM we can re-examine our personal facades and honestly be ourselves.