Jim Grieve was appointed in November 2009 as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Early Learning Division for the Ontario Ministry of Education, where he was responsible for the provincial implementation of full-day kindergarten for four and five-year olds, leading the work of creating a seamless early learning experience for children in Ontario from birth onward.
Following an exemplary career as a teacher, school administrator and superintendent in the North York Board of Education, Jim served as Director of Education in Ottawa-Carleton for four years before moving to the Director of Education role for seven years with the Peel District School Board, Canada's second largest school board.
The recipient of this annual award is nominated by OMSSA's Awards and Nomination Committee and selected by OMSSA's Board of Directors. Selection criteria includes:
A proven and respected track record of achievement in human services
Someone who is recognized as a thought leader in human services
Someone whose work has been provincially or nationally significant
Recipients are honoured each year at OMSSA's Annual Leadership Symposium.
2018: Janet Menard
2017: Terry Cooke
2016: Ratna Omidvar
2015: Art Eggleton and Hugh Segal
2014: Janet Gasparini
2013: Clyde Hertzman
2012: Armine Yalnizyan
2011: Sherri Torjman