Outstanding Achievement Award - 2011
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. This award is made possible by Manulife Financial.
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. Canada’s longest-serving alumni director, he is credited with creating, nurturing and expanding the entire Trent alumni relations department. Tony has served under all of the University’s presidents, first as a student and then as a staff member.
Tony has led Trent’s alumni outreach with an enthusiasm and sincerity seldom found in any profession. His unwavering belief in connecting personally with alumni has translated into a trip odometer reading more than 400,000 kilometres across North America.
During Tony’s leadership, the university’s alumni population has grown from 8,000 in 1984 to more than 35,000 in 2011. Annual alumni donations during the same period have increased from $30,000 to more than $1 million. Of particular note was the establishment of Alumni House in 2007; the culmination of years of tireless work and negotiations.
Thanks to Tony’s hard work and perseverance, Trent has been honoured with the appointments of three advancement fellows through the McConnell Foundation and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.
Tony’s commitment to volunteers and to his profession is legendary. He has written countless columns for Trent Magazine under the by-line The Storeyline. He has mentored many alumni professionals and volunteers who are all the richer for having shared in his vision and knowledge.
In the 1980s he was a secretary and treasurer of the Association of Canadian Alumni Administrators (Ontario), in which capacity he helped establish the first-ever Canadian Summer Institute for Newcomers to Alumni Relations. In partnership with the Trent University Alumni Association and Wilfrid Laurier University, Tony established the Ontario Alumni Association Conference to bring together alumni professionals from across the province.
In 1997 Tony became the first Canadian to grace the cover of CURRENTS, the professional magazine of the U.S.-based Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Perhaps the most touching of his recent honours came this past year from the Trent University Rowing Club, with the dedication of a boat: The Storeyline. Douglas Sweet, Director of Media Relations at McGill University wrote of Tony: “Affable, dedicated, patient, generous, funny, thorough and gentle, Tony doesn’t have to ask for your support. And he doesn’t. You feel you want to do whatever you can for Trent simply because Tony is Tony. And Tony is Trent.”