Special Achievers

Honouring our alums

Nominate an Alum

Do you know of an exceptional alum who has achieved outstanding success in their field of work and/or their community? The YHS Alum 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 alum for either of these awards, please complete this form by April 2, 2024 (Google Account required), or email your submissions to [email protected]. The Alum Association will review nominations in early May and announce the results shortly after.

Lifetime Achievement Award

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

Alum Special Achiever Award

The York House Alum Special Achiever Award is presented annually to an alum who has shown excellence in their professional career and/or personal life.
The Special Achiever will join the ranks of other alums 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 alums.
Eligible Candidates
The Alum Special Achiever Award is open to any member of the York House School Alum Association. 

Past Special Achievers

 Dr. Sarah Brayne
 Heather (Fidgeon) Holmes '70
 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 Alum 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
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