Diocese of Hamilton

C.Y.O. Awards – Recognizing our wonderful supporters

The Catholic Youth Organization realizes that the success of our agency is based on the wonderful support we receive from hundreds of individuals who volunteer their, time, expertise and resources each year. Here are three major awards that are given out each year in recognition of their contributions.

Bishop’s MedalIMG_3494

This award is open to all C.Y.O. coaches (past & present) who have coached for a minimum of ten years in the C.Y.O. Crusader and/or Juvenile Athletic Programs. During the C.Y.O. athletic season our goal is to be fun focused. The C.Y.O. program is built for beginners, beginners in playing, coaching and officiating. We want to create a healthy environment and form positive relationships. Our programs allow for opportunity to learn and grow and to develop sportsmanship.


Don Friday
Bob Mattachini



Peggy Walton Award

The Peggy Walton Award is open to teenagers and young adults who have been involved in the Hamilton C.Y.O. and are between the ages of 16 and 25 years. These individuals must have participated in and played a significant leadership role in any one of three qualifying categories: Youth Ministry, Camps Brébeuf & Marydale and Crusader Athletics.

Peggy Walton was a long time employee and supporter of the C.Y.O. who personified words like: service, patience, optimism, enthusiasm and caring. In the early days of the C.Y.O. under the guidance of Father Kryan Kennedy, Peggy demonstrated a work ethic that reflected in 20 hour days. Despite her challenging schedule Peggy always practiced the saying “the most important thing that parents can give their children is their time”. Her faith commitment was exemplary. She lived it every minute of every day.Peggy Walton Award

Sara McCowell
Mark Ferracuti
Kyla Bushell

Jim Hughes Honourary Lifetime Award

Initiated in 1997, this Honourary Lifetime Award is given to individuals who are considered as having rendered outstanding service to the community at large, or to the C.Y.O. and our mission to serve the children in our community. In 2016, this award was renamed in honour of the late Jim Hughes.  Mr. Hughes was one of the C.Y.O.’s most loved and dedicated volunteers and supporters. In fact, his volunteerism spanned over 50 years.  Persons who receive this prestigious award shall hold membership for life. Previous recipients include early founders of the C.Y.O., past board members and many other longtime community supporters. Honourary Lifetime Award.

Mike Campanella Family Bursary


Want to Nominate Someone?
If you know someone you think should be recognized for there support of the C.Y.O. simply click on the following links to download our nomination forms:

Peggy Walton Award - Nomination Form

Bishops Medal Award - Nomination Form

Jim Hughes Honourary Member  Award - Nomination Form

Mike Campanella Family Bursary  – Please contact Executive Director for more information.

For more information contact John Spatazzo, Executive Director @ 905-528-0011, ext 3600
Email: john.spatazzo@cyo.on.ca