Carolyn’s career with the Calgary Board of Education spanned three decades, through which she taught in a number of high schools. She was employed as a teacher of psychology at Henry Wise Wood High School from 1991-2002. She will always be remembered for her flamboyant persona, her zest for giving, and for her unconditional support and acceptance of everyone she knew. Carolyn championed the forgotten students – those who were outside mainstream. For them, Carolyn’s classroom was the one place where they were viewed not as being different from their peers, but as individuals who had yet to find themselves and so fulfill their potential. This award is intended to recognize those students who, in the words of Robert Frost, have chosen, “the road less traveled by,” and to encourage them to pursue their passion through post-secondary study.



Sheila Baxter


Henry Wise Wood High School






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Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must have completed Psychology 20 or Psychology 30 and have plans to pursue a post-secondary program in the fall.

Applicants should be alternative thinkers who struggle with adversity and embrace life.  Preference will be given to students pursuing post-secondary study.

Applicants are required to submit in writing a description of how they have personally struggled with adversity, embraced life and think alternatively. This description should also include plans for post-secondary study.


Online application available at Applicants should check with their school for more information.


Recipients will be notified by September. To claim the award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study in the fall proceeding graduation.

Payment will be made to the post-secondary institution.


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