Special Achievers

Honouring our alumnae

Nominate an Alumna

Do you know of an exceptional alumna who has achieved outstanding success in their field of work and/or their community? The YHS Alumnae Association encourages nominations from all fields of work, study and life. In order to best highlight the nominees’ achievements, nominators are asked to include a personal letter of support (min. 150 words) outlining the nominee’s achievements, both personally and professionally. 

Nominators are asked to highlight how the nominee has demonstrated exemplary leadership, professional and/or personal excellence, or positively impacted the community. Nominators may also submit a nominee’s curriculum vitae (if available), and any additional materials that support the nomination (e.g., news articles, Linkedin, published information, photos, etc.).

Nominations will be kept on file and considered for up to three years, including the year submitted.

To nominate an alumna for either of these awards, please complete this form by May 31, 2022 (Google Account required), or email your submissions to The Alumnae Association will review nominations in early June and announce the results shortly after.

Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award

The award is presented to an alumna who, through extraordinary dedication and lifelong commitment, has utilized her talent and passion for her profession to make outstanding contributions to her field and community.

Alumnae Special Achiever Award

The York House Alumnae Special Achiever Award is presented annually to an Alumna who has shown excellence in their professional career and/or personal life.
The Special Achiever will join the ranks of other alumnae including Saara Bhanji ’03 (activism), Dianne Whelan ’83 (documentary film/adventure), Leslie Cliff ’72 (business), and others who have shown excellence in the fields of social justice, leadership, entrepreneurship, and community service. 

The Special Achiever will have also proven to be a good ambassador for fellow Yorkies – both students and alumnae.
Eligible Candidates
The Alumnae Special Achiever Award is open to any member of the York House School Alumnae Association. 

Past Special Achievers

 Stevie (Bryson) Mitchell '61
 Dr. Camilla Zimmermann '84
 Dr. Yvette Lu '96
 Dr. Alya Kamani '01
Lifetime Achievement
 Lifetime Achievement Award 
 Lifetime Achievement Award     
 Documentary Film/Adventure     
 Dr. Robin Mansell '69
 Lifetime Achievement Award
 Education (Young Alumna Category)
 Mary Butterfield '57
 Community Service
 Stephanie Tait '00
 Environmental Action
 Stephanie Southam Carlson '62
 Community Service
 Environmental Engineering
 Susan Robson Bauhart '70
 Community Service
 Katie Manders '96 M.D.
 Leslie Cliff '72
 Alexandra Guest '81
 Social Justice
 Marilyn Pipes Cassady '52
 Community Service
 Monique Owen Barbeau '82
 Renowned Master Chef
 Barbara Hislop '72
 Ursula Bell
 Public Service
 Performing Arts (Dancer, Choreographer, Stage Director, Teacher)
 Community Service
 Diana Cliff Maughan '70
 Community Service
 Culinary Arts (Entrepreneur, Caterer, Specialty Food Store)
 Margaret Owen Barbeau '54
 Community Service
 Jane Frazee '75
 Judy Osburn '65
 Business (Entrepreneurs - Children's Clothing Store)
 Janet Clothier Fruchtman '46
 Community Service
 Veronica Pridham di Rosa '52