Meech Kean Award

Hey everyone - as many of you know we've been getting an award together for our friend Meech. It'll live at Kings and will be presented each year to a student from the graduating journalism class.

Big thank you to everyone who helped get this done and those of you still out east who've agreed to take it to the school and ideally say something about Meech as this becomes a fixture, as Meech was to the school.

Give what ever you feel comfortable with - some have been giving $35 - $40. It's just to recoup some costs - so once we hit the 500 it'll be shut down. 

This is what it looks like - almost in final form - the machete will be flipped to other direction

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This is the draft we sent to school about the award and our friend. Excuse the writing I work and radio so spelling and grammar is meaningless to me.

The Meech Kean Award

This award is presented in honour of Meech Kean (BJ Class of 2016) who left us far too early and will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of his company.

The award is presented each year to a student from the graduating journalism class who exemplifies the same compassion and dedication that Meech Kean embodied. In life Meech went the extra mile in everything he did. The award should recognize a student who didn’t just go above and beyond when chasing stories but also someone who did everything in their power to help and care for their fellow students.

Meech would do anything to chase down a story, whether it was travelling all over the province for a simple radio piece or building his own camera rig so he could shoot while on the move, his perseverance was unmatched. But what made Meech uniquely special was that he’d drop anything to help a friend. If that meant helping them on a story or just checking in to make sure they were ok. He was a talented journalist but was above all a fierce friend.

The award itself will be given out on ‘Big Day’ and will be voted on by students of that year’s graduating class.

The physical award will remain in the Journalism School as a tribute to our friend and classmate.

The award is a simple plaque, with Meech’s name and a short inscription. What does make the award unique is the bronzed machete affixed to it. The reason for the machete comes from a story that is quintessentially Meech, and a reminder of the zeal for life he had. Meech showed up to residence with a machete in tow. He hung it over his bed, unconcerned by the possible repercussions, or perhaps the idea of being reprimanded is what excited him most about his unique decorating choice. It was only a few weeks before his prized possession was confiscated. He was told he could collect it upon graduation. Sure enough as we all gathered on the steps that day in late May clenching our degrees and buzzing with the prospects our futures held - all Meech could wonder is whether or not he’d get that machete back. No one can remember now if he indeed got it in the end but the idea that this award in his name, adorned with a machete, sitting on a shelf in the school for years to come we know would give him a good chuckle.

Donations

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  • Kathleen Munro 
    • $35 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $35 
    • 6 mos
  • Stef Davis 
    • $40 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $40 
    • 6 mos
  • Guillaume Lapointe-Gagner 
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
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Organizer

Ben Jamieson 
Organizer
Toronto, ON
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