Reverend T. Melville Bailey Heritage Award

TM-baileyThe Reverend T. Melville Bailey Heritage Award is a joint project between the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Historical Board.

The award is given annually (as warranted under the criteria) in recognition of lifetime achievements and significant contributions in the promotion and preservation of Hamilton’s history and heritage.

A wide range of achievements are eligible. Volunteers and professionals will be considered on an equal basis. Contributions to the promotion and preservation of Hamilton’s history and heritage can include any or all of the following:

  • Publications or contributions to other media (including but not limited to documentaries, plaques, web-based communications and public or community art)
  • Active service on related committees, boards, commissions, special events, projects, etc.
  • Preservation and promotion of a site, event or figure
  • Advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Other relevant contributions
  • Note: these contributions should be significant and relevant to the community at large.

CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD – AWARD NOMINEES MUST:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Be (or have been) a resident of the City of Hamilton or its adjacent communities and counties.
  • The nominee must have at least ten years of active involvement in the promotion and preservation of Hamilton’s history and heritage. The award will not be given for single projects although such projects will certainly be considered in a nominee’s lifetime record.
  • Be recognized and respected by their peers.

NOMINATORS MUST SUBMIT IN THE FILLABLE PORTION OF THIS FORM BELOW:

  • Resume of the Nominee including specifics of his/her promotion and preservation of Hamilton’s history and heritage.
  • Listing of nominee’s support materials (i.e. print material, video, photographs, etc.) which need to be submitted in hard copy
  • Three (3) persons of reference complete with physical address, email address, and telephone contact information. References will be contacted during the adjudication process. Alternatively, three (3) letters of support can be submitted in hard copy by persons of reference.
  • Nominator’s Statement of Contribution and Achievement: describe, in no less than 250 words and no more than 500 words, why you are nominating this individual for the City of Hamilton Reverend T. Melville Bailey Heritage Award. Focus on the Nominee’s achievements and his/her contribution to the promotion and preservation of the City of Hamilton’s history and heritage.

ADJUDICATION OF THE AWARD

The Hamilton Historical Board, at least one member of Hamilton City Council, and a member from the heritage community will adjudicate the award. The winner will receive an art piece that is appropriate to the spirit of Reverend Bailey and his contributions to the City of Hamilton. All applications and support material will be kept on file for three years from the date of submission.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: DECEMBER 31, 2014.
LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
SITTING MEMBERS OF THE HAMILTON HISTORICAL BOARD AND CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF HAMILTON ARE INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD.
NOMINATIONS ARE VALID FOR ONE YEAR ONLY

REV T. MELVILLE BAILEY 1912 – 2005

Thomas Melville Bailey was born on 17 November 1912 at 31 Davenport Street, adjacent to Dundurn Castle. He attended Westdale Collegiate and Hamilton Central Collegiate Secondary Schools. He was active in track and field, training under Captain John Cornelius at Central Collegiate and the Hamilton Olympic Club. In his working life, he began as a driver and clerk for the Canadian Pacific Express Company. He was very active in Erskine Presbyterian Church and by 1945, was Superintendent of the Sunday School and a church elder. In 1949 he was admitted to Knox College at the University of Toronto. In that same year he was appointed student minister of the Presbyterian congregation that met in the old Barton Township Hall (later the Buchanan Lodge Hall) on Upper James Street. He was ordained in 1952 and appointed to minister to the group that built South Gate Presbyterian Church in 1954.

Mel Bailey’s contributions to Hamilton heritage began with his first book The History of Dundurn Castle and Sir Allan MacNab, published in 1943. In 1949, he wrote a brochure entitled “Erskine Presbyterian Church Sunday School 75tAnniversary”. From 1958 to 1988, he served as the editor of Wentworth Bygones, published by the Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society, which he helped found in 1944. Between 1968, when his book The Laird of Dundurn was published, and 2002, he wrote, edited and/or contributed to numerous books and articles dealing with Hamil- ton’s heritage. In addition he served on several heritage boards and committees. Arguably, his most important contribution was the Dictionary of Hamilton Biography. Beginning with Volume I, which was published in 1980, and culminating with Volume IV, published in 1999, the Dictionary of Hamilton Biography remains the only local biographical dictionary of its kind to be published in Canada. He published several historical accounts for the Presbyterian Church in Canada including: the four volumes of Called to Witness; the two volumes of Gifts and Graces and Wee Kirks and Stately Steeples. For many years, he and his wife Janet were the editors of the Knox College magazine.

Over the years, Mel Bailey received many awards and citations. Among them:

  • Doctor of Divinity Degree, Knox College, Toronto (1990)
  • Archivist Emeritus, Presbyterian Church of Canada (1992)
  • Hamilton Gallery of Distinction (1994)
  • Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award (2000)
  • Chairman Emeritus, MacNab Circle (2000)
  • Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee (2002)

Thomas Melville Bailey passed away on 29 January 2005 at the age of ninety-two. His friend and colleague, The Reverend Dr. John Johnston ended the funeral address with the following summation of Mel Bailey’s life:

Dr. Bailey’s thirty-one year ministry at South Gate Church, his forty-five books and articles, the plaques that adorn the historic sites of this city, the sermons delivered, addresses presented to the Canadian Society of Presbyterian History, historical societies and organizations, the example he set for all of us – his personal piety, a listener, a gentle soul, a quick wit, a master of the one liner, always self-effacing, ready to step back and give others the credit, a friend to all, we honour his memory. How he lives on in each of us – a family – all touched by this great and good man, God’s man forever and ever. Amen.

PAST REVEREND T. MELVILLE BAILEY HERITAGE AWARD RECIPIENTS:

2008 – Stewart Leslie

2009 – Jim Green

2010 – Bob Williamson

2011 – Murray Aikman

2012 – Anne Jarvis

2013 – J. Katherine Greenfield

2014 – Bill Manson

2015 – Dr. Mary Anderson

REVEREND T. MELVILLE BAILEY HERITAGE AWARD NOMINATION FORM

 

To submit a nomination via mail or fax, download and print out the form below:

Award Nomination Form 2016

 

To submit a nomination online, fill out the following information:

NOMINEE INFORMATION:

NAME OF NOMINEE:
FULL ADDRESS:
EMAIL:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:

NOMINATOR INFORMATION:

NAME OF NOMINATOR:
FULL ADDRESS:
EMAIL:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:

AS NOMINATOR FOR THE CITY OF HAMILTON REVEREND T. MELVILLE BAILEY HERITAGE AWARD, I DECLARE THAT I AM OF THE AGE OF MAJORITY (19) AND HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD FOR WHICH I AM NOMINATING A CANDIDATE. I CERTIFY THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NOMINATION IS ACCURATE AND COMPLETE, TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, AND I AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE DECISION OF THE REVEREND T. MELVILLE BAILEY AWARD JURY IN SELECTING THE AWARD RECIPIENT.

NOMINATOR’S ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE:

[IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MUNICIPAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT, THE CITY OF HAMILTON IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE TO US WILL BE USED ONLY TO ASSIST IN THE IN THE EVALUATION OF THE CITY OF HAMILTON REVEREND T. MELVILLE BAILEY HERITAGE AWARD].

NOMINEE’S CURRICULUM VITAE/PROFESSIONAL RESUME: .doc, .docx, .pdf, txt or rtf





NOMINATOR’S STATEMENT OF CONTRIBUTION AND ACHIEVEMENT (250 - 500 WORDS):

PLEASE LIST THREE (3) PERSONS OF REFERENCE

REFERENCE #1

NAME:
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FULL ADDRESS:
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REFERENCE #2

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REFERENCE #3

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LIST SUPPORTING MATERIALS TO BE SUBMITTED IN HARD COPY (CD/DVD, PRINT, PHOTOGRAPHS, NEWPAPER ARTICLES ETC). NOTE: WHILE THIS MATERIAL IS NOT STRICTLY REQUIRED, ALL APPLICATIONS OF PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS HAVE INCLUDED SUCH MATERIAL:



PLEASE SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS BY DECEMBER 31, 2016 TO:

THE HAMILTON HISTORICAL BOARD – T.M. BAILEY AWARD

C/O HERITAGE PRESENTATION COORDINATOR

CITY OF HAMILTON

TOURISM & CULTURE DIVISION

P.O. BOX 2040

HAMILTON, ON L8P 4Y5

FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL:

905-546-2424 EXT. 4688

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