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Sam's Legacy Awards.

Three awards were created to honour Sam's memory at the grade school and high school he attended in Toronto.
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The Sam Baker Award for Achievement in the Arts

– Leo Baeck Day School

Awarded to a graduating Leo Baeck student with a high level of artistic ability (either in visual or performing arts) and a longstanding involvement in the arts who participates in arts-based extra curricular activities and who demonstrates perseverance and effort no matter the obstacle.  The award is given to a student who profoundly understands that the arts uniquely represent a subject area that nourishes the soul as well as the mind.  The recipient is able to reflect deeply on the greater personal and global implications that the arts provide. The winner possesses not only the skills needed, but also humility, perseverance and dedication to the artistic process, producing consistently outstanding work in both the Visual and Performing Arts

– Awarded at Leo Baeck Day School Graduation Ceremonies.


 First awarded June 25, 2019.

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The Sam Baker

Dramatic Arts Award


"The Sam Baker Dramatic Arts Award honours the memory of Sam Baker who died tragically shortly after graduating from NTCI in 2018.  He was a talented role model whose life was transformed by the dramatic arts.   Sam demonstrated incredible passion and dedication to acting, writing and directing.  Through drama, Sam found self-confidence and inner-strength which gave his life direction and meaning.  The stage was his home.  The drama program provided Sam a safe space where he felt emotionally secure and universally accepted.     Sam used this strength and confidence to develop into a remarkable student leader who understood the value of community.   Sam led through his kindness, open-heart and generous spirit.  He was admired by teachers and peers.   We miss Sam dearly and hope that this award keeps a little bit of Sam’s spirit alive at NTCI."

– Awarded at NTCI Commencement Ceremonies.

First awarded June 27, 2019.

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The Sam Baker

Character Award


"The Sam Baker Character Award honours the memory of Sam Baker, who died tragically shortly after graduating from NTCI in 2018.  Sam was a passionate rugby player who loved the game and the brotherhood that rugby provided.  He was a dedicated athlete who led by example, always came to practice ready to learn, and was a selfless player who always put the goals of the team ahead of his own."  


– Awarded to a graduating NTCI student at the yearly Athletic Banquet.


First awarded May 28, 2019. 

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