The Coalition believes in celebrating the leadership skills of youth who are making a difference in their schools and communities through music. The NUFSICISUM Award (read it backwards!) is given to five youth leaders from across the country who are creating positive change through music, where they live.

Do you know a passionate youth leader who deserves recognition for their dedication and support of music in their school or community? Winners and their school each receive $200 in prize money, and exciting leadership opportunities as a Youth4Music Ambassador. We will be accepting nominations from February 1 – March 31.  Click here to fill out the nomination form.

The NUFSICISUM award is in honour of Canadian jazz legend, Phil Nimmons, Canada’s oldest working jazz music educator, who continues teaching music to young people. A NUFSICISUM award is given to students who have made a special positive impact in their school music program. Winners will:

  • be announced during the live Music Monday webcast (May 6, 2019);
  • be acknowledged on the Coalition website and through social media;
  • receive a cash reward, along with a plaque.
  • They will also be invited to a Coalition event to be recognized by community members and educators.


Aydin Quach is a graduate of Vancouver Technical Secondary School, located in the culturally diverse Vancouver, BC. His adventures in music throughout high school span Concert Bands, String Orchestras, Symphonic Orchestras, and a range of choirs that include Chamber Choirs, Concert Choirs as well as a Vocal Jazz group. Aydin realizes the power of music to unite people of all walks of life. During his time at Van Tech, Aydin served as Music Council President and worked towards creating inclusive environments that could inspire musicians that are just entering high school. Aydin is a firm believer in the interdisciplinary skills that people can learn from music.The core life skills of leadership, communication, cooperation, and professionalism are the cornerstones of music and life. He has spent time working with Beginner Band classes on not just instrument skills, but skills that they can use anywhere life takes them. Aydin has also worked with students in elementary schools teaching Strings to youth that have had their Strings programs canceled due to budget cuts. He is currently the Youth Services Worker at Frog Hollow Neighborhood House in the same neighbourhood as Van Tech and continues to work with youth on building foundational leadership skills. Aydin is interested in LGBTQ2S+ and social justice topics. Being a queer person himself, he hopes that music can continue to create a community that includes everyone. He will be attending UBC with the intent to study History and Music. His end goal is to go into Secondary Education.

Hello, I’m Janice Kok and I’m a grade seven student currently going to Howard DeBeck for my last year of elementary school. I’m a drummer in the 6/7 band and I also play the ukulele and the violin. I was nominated for helping my school band set up, take everything away, leading and organizing the percussion section, which consists of seven drummers (I know, right?).

Well, to begin with, I didn’t even know I was nominated for the NUFSICISUM award. A few days before my band teacher, Mrs. Khoo told me, my teacher, Mr. Allison and I were in the photocopy room, copying a class assignment to put up on a bulletin board. He randomly shook my hand and said congratulations. I asked why, and he said the next few days of my life were going to be amazing. The next band class day, Mrs. Khoo comes up to me and explains that she nominated me for a national honour. And when she told me I was one of the six people who won? I couldn’t believe my ears and started crying a tiny bit. I was in shocked. Astounded. And hyperventilating. But then, I’m technically still in hysteria. That week certainly was one of a kind.

I feel honoured to have won the award. I just love helping out everyone and make sure everything is organized. My goals are to just keep on doing my best in music since it’s sound education. I’ll keep on playing my heart out ’till I die because music is an important part of our lives.

Angela is a 14 year old junior high student of Vista Hills Public School, who came to Canada five years ago. She began playing the piano at the age of 5, but really fell in love with it after she moved to Canada. Angela recently began composing her own pieces and is pondering the possibility of setting some composition career goals! She is very happy and honoured to receive the NUFSICISUM award. She is currently studying grade 8 RCM piano with Newella Schickler. She has played with Newella since May 2013.


  • 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)