Training Grants and Awards

For information on this year's Training Boost Grant and Actor/Combatant Training Boost Grant, see our News page for the latest call for applications (awards are generally open for nominations in the spring, with winners announced at the Nationals and AGM in the summer).


The Henry Marshall Memorial Award is granted in recognition of Inspiration, Vision, and Excellence in the building and promotion of the art form and it’s history in a spirit of generosity, sharing and the nurturing of new talents. A recipient of the Henry Marshall is an example of outstanding human kindness, diplomacy, humanity for all and model citizenship. It is the highest honour granted to an individual at the national or international level by Fight Directors, Canada and is given only when warranted.

The Paddy Crean Award  is granted to a participant at the National Stage Combat Workshop who has not only shown exceptional performance and technical skill as a fighter but most importantly has demonstrated the values that AFDC hold dear. This person must demonstrate generous partnering skills, and a personal generosity towards their colleagues in class and rehearsal. It is awarded to a person who demonstrates grace and humility in times of stress and who we as an Association believe demonstrate the future leadership qualities we wish to celebrate.

The Gelineau Award, in honour of FM Paul Gelineau, is granted to a member who has demonstrated leadership in humanitarian efforts outside of the fight community. Dedication in the areas of volunteerism, healing, community building, conflict resolution, health and wellness, as well as leadership in social issues are all be reasons to be considered.

Details on dates, how to nominate a member, and past winners can all be found below. (Coming soon)


The Fournier Fellowship is given annually to a member who exemplifies the personal and professional standards held up by our Maitre d'Armes, J.P. Fournier. The award is given to a member who shows not only skill in their art, but also generosity, humility, leadership, a willingness to learn and a desire to help others.

The Sandra and Jacie Levinson Memorial Awards are granted to those FDC members who understand the precious gifts of family and community. Sandra and Jacie Levinson were lifetime patrons of the arts and were instrumental in helping create our present stage combat community through their emotional and financial support for Rapier Wit and Fight Directors Canada.

Details on dates, how to nominate a member, and past winners can all be found below. (Coming soon)

Honourary Members

Through honorary membership, FDC recognizes colleagues from around the world who have contributed to our association and made a positive impact on our members and our art form.

Daniel Ford  Beavis, David Boushey, J. David Brimmer, John Brogan, Dale Girard, Andy Fraser, Hilde Veronika Hoie, Oula Kitti, Janet Lawson, Jon Leverett, Simon Manns, John McFarland, Jason Mehmel, Nigel Poulton, John Stead, J. Allen Suddeth