The Iris Unger Recognition Award




For more than 18 years, as our longest standing Executive Director, Iris Unger stewarded the growth and expansion of our organization.

The Iris Unger Recognition Award recognizes artists and entrepreneurs whose project best reflects the values that she instilled at YES: dedication and passion, success through hard work, and a true commitment to making a difference in the community. 

After receiving dozens of inspiring submissions, we are pleased to announce that we have awarded this year’s Iris Unger Recognition Award to Christopher Ma, founder of the School of Music Montreal.

Christopher clearly reflects the values The Iris Unger Recognition Award celebrates: dedication and passion, success through hard work, and a true commitment to making a difference in the community.

Inspired by his own participation in the Sarah McLachlan School of Music’s programs in his youth, Christopher founded the School of Music Montreal six years ago with a mission to provide free musical education in a safe and supporting environment to children at risk. Learn more about Christopher here.

Watch a video to find out more about the School of Music Montreal.

Are you a YES Client? And have you created an artistic project or business that has a positive community impact?

If the answer is yes, we invite you to fill out the online submission form below and submit your application to be considered for next year's Recognition Award.


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