The Coalition believes in celebrating the leadership skills of Canadian youth who are making a difference in their schools and communities. Established in 2014, the NUFSICISUM Youth Leadership Award recognizes outstanding youth leaders from across Canada who are actively working to effect positive change through music. The NUFSICISUM Award was named in honour of Phil Nimmons, Canadian jazz legend and Canada’s oldest working jazz educator, who continues teaching music to young people.

NUFSICISUM (read it backwards!) winners will receive a plaque recognizing their achievement, $200 in prize money, and leadership opportunities within the Youth4Music program as a Youth4Music Ambassador.


The 2020 NUFSICISUM Award winners were announced on May 4 during the Coalition’s Music Monday @ Home broadcast. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

  • Noah Deptuck (Wellington, NS)

  • Shania Raina (Brechin, ON)

  • Lily Hefford (Dildo, NL)

  • James Suknundun (Brampton, ON)

  • Hannah Hinz (Enderby, BC)

  • Janelle Porter (Bonnyville, AB)


  • Jordan Middleton (High River, AB)
  • Vanessa Ayala Munoz (Tilley, AB)
  • Kaia Smoliak-Carlin (Kamloops, BC)
  • Félix Desruisseaux (Quebec City, QC)
  • Kelly Hems (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Malena Lorenson (Red Deer, AB)
  • Jacob Murray, (Montreal, QC)
  • Aydin Quach, (Vancouver, BC)
  • Janice Kok, (Richmond, BC)
  • Daniel Dudziak, (Scarborough, ON)
  • Nicole Hendriks, (Bolton, ON)
  • Angela Lee, (Waterloo, ON)
  • Chelsea Atkinson, (Springhill, NS)
  • Cara Callahan, (Spaniard’s Bay, NL)
  • Tom Davis, (Vancouver, BC)
  • Sophie Hicks, (Dorchester, ON)
  • Benjamin Hill, (Grimshaw, AB)
  • Jessica Liu, (Montreal, QC)
  • Shana Brown, Woodland Elementary School (Dildo, NL)
  • James Klassen, River East Collegiate (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Hannah Carruthers, Silver Creek Public School (Georgetown, ON)
  • Kyle Orlando, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Grimsby, ON)
  • Shannon Huston, Norkam Senior Secondary School (Kamloops, BC)
  • Shannon McLaren, Vancouver Technical Secondary School (Vancouver, BC)
  • Stephanie Staibano, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (Toronto, ON)
  • Nhi Trinh-Le, York Memorial C.I (Toronto, ON)
  • Samantha Lavin, York House School (Vancouver, BC)
  • Rachel Copreros, Eldorado Public School (Brampton, ON)
  • Brent Cater, Keswick High School (Keswick, ON)
  • Nick Johnson, Kwantlen Park & Greater Vancouver Youth Music Academy (Surrey, BC)