Karl Subban, the Jamaica-born Canadian educator, author and hockey dad to National Hockey League (NHL) stars, will receive the 2018 Cultural Award at the DAREarts Leadership gala to be held the Carlu in Toronto on May 10.
The annual gala “celebrates the power of the arts to ignite change in the lives of marginalized children in Canada, “says a news release from the organizers of the event.
With the Cultural Award, DAREarts annually honours an individual “who has led the way in cultivating culture for Canadian youth,” it notes.
Subban is widely known as the hockey dad who raised three boys — Malcolm, Jordan and P.K. (an Olympic gold medalist and winner of the Norris Trophy) — all who were drafted into the NHL.
This feat is documented in Subhan’s 2017 memoir, How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School, and Life.
For 30 years, he was an educator in the Toronto District School Board, “effecting incalculably positive change at some of the toughest schools, ” says the news release.
Six youth leaders from across the country who are graduates of the DAREarts empowerment program will each receive a Youth Leadership Award and financial support.
DAREarts is a national charity that works with at-risk young people “to unlock their potential and become leaders who ignite change,” the release notes.