J. Lynn Watson Award

History of the Award

The J. Lynn Watson Award for Community Service has been presented annually since 1983 by the McMaster Students Union and the Inter-Residence Council to the campus group that has made the greatest one-year contribution to charitable giving. 


A group’s contributions should:

1) provide a learning opportunity for students in the area of community service;
2) encourage staff, teams, and students to contribute in a meaningful way to a charitable cause;
3) enhance the visibility of McMaster University in the Hamilton community and work towards creating a positive community presence; and,
4) demonstrate McMaster University’s commitment to serving the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society.

Barring special circumstances, no more than one (1) award is normally granted each year.


Nomination forms are available here: 

MSU J. Lynn Watson Nomination Form 2017.pdf

When nominations open, please attach a description of the group’s achievement of no more than three (3) pages in length explaining why the group is a competitive candidate to receive the J. Lynn Watson Award for Community Service. The selection committee may, at its discretion, request a third party contact to corroborate the information.


Please email the complete package to awards @msu.mcmaster.ca before Friday, February 3rd at noon. 

For more information, please contact:

Vice-President (Administration)
McMaster Students Union

MUSC 201A McMaster University
905-525-9140 ext. 23250



Past Recipients

2016: Smiling Over Sickness

2015: McMaster Arts for Children

2014: Smiling Over Sickness

2013: Asian Focus

2012: Smiling Over Sickness

2011: Smiling Over Sickness

2010: Asian FOCUS


2008: Care for Underprivileged and Refugee Empowerment (C.U.R.E) - McMaster Chapter

2007: McMaster Muslim Students Association

2006: Mary E. Keyes Residence & UNICEF-MAC

2005: McMaster Chapter of Engineers without Borders/McMaster African Students Association

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