Outstanding Achievement Award - 2012

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.





Frank LockingtonFrank Lockington, Director of Alumni & Development at St. Lawrence College and founding Director of the St. Lawrence College Foundation, is the recipient of the CCAE 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award. Frank was a Board member, Treasurer and Vice-Chair on the Executive Committee of CCAE-Ontario, and was President of CCAE from 2007-10.


He is not only one of St. Lawrence College’s greatest builders and advocates, but his work and accomplishments have brought to the fore the outstanding contributions colleges make to Canadian education, the value of an integrated approach to advancement, and the growing importance of philanthropy to the sector’s success.


Frank is at the vanguard of Canadian college fundraisers. Twenty years ago, he established St. Lawrence College’s first Alumni Relations Office in advance of the college’s 25th anniversary.


In an era when even advancement leaders are highly mobile, Frank’s dedication to St. Lawrence College has been notable. He has built its advancement operation into the model “small shop” in Canada, and led the college through an eight-figure capital campaign in small communities during challenging economic times. Frank is a strong supporter of Kingston, Ontario and has worked to forge strong ties between college and community.


As CCAE President, Frank Lockington led CCAE through a transformational governance process that included the hiring of the association’s first full-time Executive Director and the transformation from a volunteer-led organization to a Board governance model based on strategic leadership.


“As a result of Frank’s leadership and vision, CCAE has an enhanced national focus, robust regional representation, and significant volunteer engagement,” noted current CCAE President, Melana Soroka.


A mentor to many advancement leaders across Canada, Frank has served on numerous volunteer boards in addition to CCAE, including The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. He earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 1999.


Alison Holt of The Offord Group, a past CCAE Board member, lauded Frank’s “quiet leadership, collaborative management style, and collegial approach to working with people, along with the deep respect and dedication he has to encouraging engagement with education.”