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Alumni Awards: Previous Recipients


Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented based on a person's achievement and leadership in their field. Recipients show leadership in business, industry, a profession or in public life. They have brought honour to Trent University through endeavors which have earned them prominence within their field.

Fiona Sampson '87

Ms. Sampson has dedicated her life to the pursuit of inclusiveness, equality, and social justice.A graduate of Trent’s Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies MA program, with a PhD in Law, she has pioneered post-Charter equality law, both in Canada and abroad. Ms. Sampson was recently appointed an Ashoka Fellow, awarded the New York State Bar Association’s Distinction in International Affairs Award, and one of Canada’s Top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyers magazine.   Earlier this year, she was honoured with one of Canada’s highest distinctions, membership in the Order of Canada.

Tim Cook '90

A military historian and author, Mr. Cook has successfully ignited passionate interest in Canada’s military past.He was the curator for the First World War permanent gallery at the Canadian War Museum (CWM), and has curated additional temporary, traveling, and digital exhibitions. He was also responsible for the historical content of For Crown and Country: The South African and First World Wars, as well as for two special exhibitions: Trench Life: A Survival Guide (2008) and War and Medicine (2011). He is currently the Director of Research for the CWM.

Spirit of Trent Award

Presented to alumni who have made a difference, through contributions to the University, the alumni association or the community.

Lorraine Bennett '72

Ms. Bennett heads up the leadership committee of the Vancouver chapter of the Trent Alumni Association, and has worked hard to elevate the group into one of the most active and innovative chapters in the alumni chapter network. Her leadership style is collaborative and engaging, based on gathering input and feedback.  She is dedicated to delivering quality results.Through Ms. Bennett’s guidance, the Vancouver Chapter has hosted a variety of successful events under the “Vancouver TrentTalks” banner. Ms. Bennett is deeply committed to finding innovative ways connect alumni to the Trent tennet of lifelong learning, and in promoting the Trent Alumni Association as a key means of sharing that philosophy. Her work with the Alumni Association is but a continuation of her history of volunteerism.  Ms. Bennett has given her energies to numerous causes, from The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Immigrant Services Society of BC to BLG Reads to Kids (where she works one-to-one with individual children to assist and encourage the development of their reading skills).

David Wright '74, bill Fields '71, John Kennedy '85 (Team Trend)

Mr. Wright, Mr. Fields, and Mr. Kennedy all share a faithful commitment to the Trent community and an absolute love of the game of hockey.  Year after year, they combine these two passions to organize and host the Team Trend Reunion weekend – one of Trent’s oldest and most valued traditions. Each have been integral to an event that demonstrates the values and lessons learned at Trent.  They continue to display the Spirit of Trent by bringing the community together for a weekend of friendly competition, shared memories, and celebratory food and drink. For the past 40 years, the Team Trend Reunion has remained a standout alumni event and a valued part of alumni life.

Young Leader Award

Recognizes young alumni who have shown outstanding leadership throughout their first 10 years of alumni status either in their professional career and/or community, public or humanitarian service and are 35 years of age or younger.

Diane Therrien '10

Elected to Peterborough City Council in 2014, Ms. Therrien believes in challenging the political status quo.  She is a staunch advocate for the downtown community and frequently participates in and supports local events and businesses. Utilizing her voice in Council, Ms. Therrien regularly advocates for increased resources for marginalized groups within the city. Before being elected, Ms. Therrien worked with the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network (PPRN), where she proved herself a leader in local efforts to reduce poverty in Peterborough. She has run workshops, both at Trent and in the surrounding community, spoken with students and community groups, and been integral in securing funding for important initiatives to address the high rates of poverty in the City of Peterborough.


Tony Storey Service Award

Presented to an alumni volunteer who has demonstrated a significant and long-term commitment to the Trent University Alumni Association (TUAA)

Kate Ramsay '71

First appointed as an alumni member to the Board of Governors in 2001, Ms. Ramsay has provided a deep commitment to ensuring that alumni have an active voice in university governance.  She has encouraged association members to stay informed while raising Trent administrative awareness of alumni talent and expertise. She has served as a Board visitor to Senate, vice chair of the Board, chair of the Executive Committee, chair of the HR Subcommittee and member of the Names Committee. Volunteer roles included membership of the Presidency Review Committee (2003 and 2008), membership of the search team for the Board chair (2007), and membership of the Presidential Search Committee (2008).

For a full list of Alumni Award recipients, please click here.