TD Fellowships in Advancement




These fellowships are made possible by TD

The TD Insurance Fellowships in Advancement, created in 1998 and made possible by Meloche Monnex and TD Bank Financial Group, have evolved over the years to reflect the growing scope and sophistication of educational advancement in Canada.

TD Insurance Fellowships in Advancement now provide exceptional opportunities each year for two emerging professionals to gain practical experience in at least two major areas of advancement, including alumni relations, development, and marketing and communications.

The selection process for TD Insurance Fellows in Advancement involves application by a CCAE member educational institution (university, college, independent school or cégep) with a robust Fellowship plan backed by the mentorship of senior advancement professionals, and a candidate of exceptional aptitude and energy for a bright future in advancement.

CCAE is very pleased to congratulate the two recipients of the TD Insurance Fellowships in Advancement for 2017-18. These two stellar TD Insurance Fellows will be recognized during CCAE Awards Night at the 2017 CCAE National Conference in Hamilton.

Congratulations to:

  • Anne-Marie Aguilar, University of Alberta
  • Sarah Carthy, Trent University

Read the profiles of these two stellar 2017-18 TD Insurance Fellows in Advancement, and plan to submit an application for a 2018-19 TD Fellowship by January 2018.


Anne-Marie Aguilar, University of Alberta

The future of Canadian education depends on increased support from young alumni, and the University of Alberta’s focus on mining for GOLD (grads of the last decade) will benefit immensely from the proven skills and dedication of Anne-Marie Aguilar, 2017-18 TD Fellow in Advancement. Her Fellowship will focus on enhanced stewardship of recent graduates, blending areas of development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications.

Anne-Marie, known as Annie, has already demonstrated her sensitivity and adeptness as a liaison between donors and scholarship recipients in her work as an Advancement Student Intern and then a contract Stewardship Coordinator in the University of Alberta’s Office of Advancement.

She has particularly excelled in report design and writing, and connecting with students. A stewardship report she designed for a corporation became the “gold standard” for that company. Annie has also enhanced donor communication by providing donors with a deeper sense  of who their  student recipients are, hence reaffirming the value and impact of their gifts.

As a first-generation Canadian whose family immigrated from the Philippines in 1989, Annie was encouraged to excel in her studies by her parents, who aspired to provide university education for Annie and her siblings. Her grandfather insisted that “education is the only thing that cannot be taken away.”

Annie graduated with a BA in English (minor in History) from the University of Alberta in 2015. During high school and university she volunteered with humanitarian organizations , in elder care, athletics and as a student liaison.  Annie honed her knowledge and skills in advancement as one of only six undergraduates, from over 100 applicants, chosen as an Advancement Student Intern in 2015.

Kyle Goertzen, University of Alberta’s Stewardship Officer, Corporate and Foundation Relations, wrote: “Annie has approached her work with a level of enthusiasm, energy and inspiration that I have rarely encountered.”

As a TD Fellow in Advancement, Annie will report to the Senior Director, Campaign Planning, and work closely with the Offices of the Annual Fund, Stewardship, and Marketing and Communications. She will develop a GOLD Engagement Program to enhance stewardship of entry-level donors and build awareness of philanthropy among current students as the U of A prepares for its next comprehensive campaign.

In her TD Fellowship application letter, Annie stated: “I hope that my Fellowship program will help facilitate positive change and growth within the university and continue to carry out our institution’s vision: uplifting the whole people.”

Certainly, her 2017-18 TD Fellowship in Advancement will amply fulfill that promise.

Sarah Carthy, Trent University

Internationalist. Pro-active self-starter. Talented, trustworthy team member of professional demeanor. Accomplished researcher and polished communicator with strong leadership skills. And something of a techie. These are among the many attributes of Trent University’s 2017-18 TD Fellow in Advancement, Sarah Carthy.

For the past three years Trent has benefitted from Sarah’s confidence and capabilities in part-time alumni roles as a Net Community Specialist in Advancement Services and a Communications Assistant in Alumni Affairs. Sarah delved into the alumni database; was intimately involved in the implementation, design and maintenance of a new website; helped alumni and donors access online resources; and highlighted alumni success stories through multiple media.

Sarah will graduate from Trent in spring 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a specialization in Economics. She received an entrance scholarship and maintained the academic requirements to have the scholarship renewed every year. In 2015 Sarah received the Edward Tremain Study Abroad Award, which enabled her to study for a year at Nottingham Trent University in the International and Erasmus Exchange Program.

Her extensive volunteerism includes Director of Events for both the Trent Business Students’ Association and the Canadian Association of Business Students. She coordinated Global Entrepreneurship Week and events for the Eastern Canadian Leadership Retreat. Sarah has also volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Trent has prepared an extensive portfolio of projects for Sarah’s TD Fellowship year, designed to increase the level and longevity of alumni, donor and community engagement; extend the momentum of Trent’s $50 million “Unleash the Potential” campaign; identify and capitalize on additional channels to connect with alumni and donors; and inspire and support more volunteers.

Sarah will coordinate the launch of a new Student Alumni Association to connect current students to a lifetime experience as future Trent alumni - which includes establishing a graduating-class gift initiative. She will develop and implement a volunteer recognition program and design a toolkit to empower alumni to self-organize in chapters and special interest groups. She will implement a “text to pledge” platform to enhance development and community engagement and research the options for a Trent crowdfunding platform.

Sarah’s application stated her view of advancement’s importance to Canadian education: “The direct and indirect resources that post-secondary institutions can draw upon from their donors and research partners will have an increasingly vital role to play in sustaining the accessibility and effectiveness of Canadian college and universities.”


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