Awards and Fellowships - 2011

A number of prestigious annual awards and fellowships were presented by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) at the association’s Awards Gala on June 5, 2011, capping the CCAE annual conference in Quebec City.

Murphy Champagne, Cambrian College; Trina Prince, Nipissing University; and Wahida Lakhani, St. Lawrence College - were each awarded $25,000 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships. These Fellowships, funded by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, offer promising university or college graduates a year-long experience at a host school of working in at least three areas of advancement - including alumni relations, fundraising and development, communications, and student recruitment.

Profiles of the 2011 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellows can be found on the CCAE website.
Distinguished Service Awards recognize the accomplishments of advancement professionals and friends of education, in three categories.
The Friend of Education Award, supported by Accretive Advisor, recognizes outstanding service or commitment to post-secondary or independent school education by a volunteer, organization, foundation, corporation or publication. The recipient will have made a significant contribution in a leadership role to the cause of institutional advancement or education in Canada.
The recipient of the 2011 Friend of Education Award is Tom O’Neill, Chairman of BCE, Inc. Mr. O’Neill has been a long-standing leader, donor, volunteer, mentor, advisor and champion of Canadian higher education, notably for Queen’s and Carleton Universities, as well as at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
The Outstanding Achievement Award, supported by Manulife Financial, recognizes a current or recent CCAE member who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of educational advancement over a number of years. The recipient is recognized both for exemplifying the highest ideals of the advancement profession and for dedicated mentoring of others in the field.
The recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award is Tony Storey, Director of Alumni Affairs at Trent University. In August 2011, Tony will step down as Director of Alumni Relations at Trent after 27 years of service in that role, and 33 years of service to the university. He is credited with creating, nurturing and expanding the entire alumni relations department. Tony has served under all of the University’s presidents, first as a student and then as a staff member.
Rising Star Awards are designated for professionals with three to five years’ experience in educational advancement who demonstrate achievements, accomplishments, early success and commitment in the advancement field. A $2,000 Presidents’ Scholarship is presented to each Rising Star and is used to support further professional development in the year following their receiving the award.
The three 2011 Rising Stars are:
Andrea Eccleston, Alumni Relations Officer, Student & Young Alumni Engagement, University of Saskatchewan;
Brett Hooten, Communications Officer, McGill University, Development and Alumni Relations; and
Carly Wethersett, Marketing Strategist, British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Congratulations to all of the outstanding 2011 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellows and CCAE Distinguished Service Award recipients.