ALUMNI

Awards

Our alumni do amazing things—and we are excited to celebrate their achievements through the Distinguished Alumni award and the Emerging Leader award.

The alumni awards are presented annually and recognize established and emerging MacEwan University graduates for their exemplary service.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Created in 1986, the Distinguished Alumni Award honours those alumni whose achievements have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University and real benefit to their communities. They have demonstrated excellence and leadership within their field and/or service to the community.

Criteria

To be nominated for a Distinguished Alumni Award, the nominee must be:

  • A living graduate of MacEwan University
  • Recognized for leadership and innovation within their field
  • An active contributor to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society
  • Able to inspire alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community at large

Emerging Leader Award

NEW! The newly established Emerging Leader Award was created to commemorate MacEwan University's 50th anniversary. This award recognizes recent graduates who have demonstrated an early ability and willingness to make significant contributions to their profession and community.

Criteria

To be nominated for an Emerging Leader Award, the nominee must be:

  • A recent graduate of MacEwan University
  • Have made significant achievements in their field of endeavour
  • Be recognized as an emerging leader through professional and/or voluntary accomplishments
  • Set an example for our students/future young alumni to follow.

Nomination and award process

If you know of a MacEwan graduate who meets the criteria for a Distinguished Alumni or Emerging Leader award, we want to hear from you. Anyone can nominate MacEwan graduates for these awards. Nominations are accepted any time, but those received by October 31 will be considered for the spring convocation.

MacEwan University is committed to fostering the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion within our community. We welcome and encourage nominations from Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and members of all equity-deserving groups. We believe that the diversity of our alumni, students, staff and faculty serves as a strength of our institution and benefits society. We are committed to ensuring full and inclusive participation for all in our community.

A well-prepared nomination is key to assisting the Alumni Awards Selection Committee members in making an informed decision.

  1. Ensure your nominee fits the definition of alumni: "A person who has received a ministry approved credential OR a continuing education certificate OR a certificate of achievement with support from Inclusive Post-Secondary Education OR has successfully completed 30 credits of a formal transfer program from the university."
  2. Gather supporting documentation for the nomination.

    a) A short bio (approximately 750 words) for your nominee

    We recommend having the bio ready for upload prior to completing the nomination form. The bio, which can be written in bullet form, can respond to these questions:
    • How does the nominee fulfill the award criteria?
    • In what ways have they differentiated themselves?
    • What are the unique achievements that brought distinction to the candidate?
    • What are the recognized contributions that earned them prominence in their profession or their organization?
    • What are the recognized contributions that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community or society?
    • How has the candidate distinguished themselves through leadership as well as service? (Are they an influencer within our community? Have they established themselves as leaders who can bring people together?)

    b) A minimum of two letters of support from someone other than yourself. You could consider asking professional peers, fellow alumni, and/or those impacted by the nominee. You can attach up to four letters of support.

  3. Complete the nomination form and attach/upload the accompanying documents.

Nomination Form

The Alumni Office will let you know they've received your nomination. Successful candidates will be asked if they are able to attend the presentation ceremony and if they are available to meet with students and faculty in a role such as visiting speaker, student mentor or alumni panelist.

The awards are presented at spring and fall convocation.

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Distinguished Alumni award winners

Emmett Hartfield

Bachelor of Commerce, 2010
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer

Law Enforcement and Security, 1992
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

Mark Power

Child and Youth Care, 1996
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

Dr. Jennifer Lavers

Bachelor of Science Transfer, 2001
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

Nate Lueck

Music Diploma, 2006
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

Dr. James Makokis

Bachelor of Science Transfer, 2001
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019

Justin Yaassoub

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2012
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018

Cheryl Whiskeyjack

Child and Youth Care, 1995
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018

Brenda Lieberman

Arts and Cultural Management, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018

Lyn Krutzfeldt

Business Administration, 1983
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017

Peter Dent

Law Enforcement, 1984
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017

Jason Carter

Digital Arts and Media Diploma, 2003
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017

David Cormican

Theatre Arts, 2001
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016

Kim Wheeler

Journalism, 1995
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015

Sandra Woitas

Advertising and Public Relations, 1975
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015

Sorin Mihailovici

Design Studies, 2008
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015

Founding Members McMan

Founding Members, McMan Youth and Community Services Association
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015

Patricia Garrett

Social Work, 1976
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014

Stephen McHolm

Arts Administration, 1995
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014

Megan Dart

Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing, 2006
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014

Solon and Jeremiah McDade

Music, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014

Betty Lorraine Cornelius

Business Administration, 1976
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013

Ben Weinlick

Disability Studies: Leadership and Community, 2007
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013

Don Caron

Accounting, 1991
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013

Mark Holowaychuk

International Business and Supply Chain Management, 2005
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013

CEIBA Association

Various alumni, 2007-2010
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012

Richard Neidig

Audio Visual Technician, 1976
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012

Nargis Jamal

Voluntary Sector Management, 2004
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012

Beth Allard-Clough

Advertising and Public Relations, 1991
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012

Mark Sirett

Arts Administration, 1980
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

Barbara Reid

Rehabilitation Practitioner, 1984
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

Alexandra Hatcher

Arts and Cultural Management, 1999
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

Amanda Woodward

Design Studies, 1999
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011

Andrea Engel

Journalism, 1991
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

Ryan Silverman

Theatre Arts, 1997
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

Cheryl Feldstein

Social Work, 2002
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

Jean Crozier

Library and Information Technology, 1974
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

Chloe Albert

Music, 2004
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009

Scott Kashuba

General Arts and Science, University Transfer 1983
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009

Alex Mahe

General Arts and Science, 1987
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009

Kathleen Quinn

Volunteer Sector Management, 2000
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009

Lewis Cardinal

Native Communications, 1986
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008

Sarah Edwards

Public Relations, 1997
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008

Danielle Peers

BA University Transfer, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008

Deb Cautley

Advertising and Public Relations, 1980
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007

Lawrence (Lorne) Gladue

Management Studies/University Transfer, 1996
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007

Andrew Ross

University Transfer, 1999
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007

Bridget Ryan

Theatre Arts, 1993
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007

Sean Caulfield

Fine Art, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006

Kim Clegg

Arts and Media, 1989
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006

Eric McMurray

Insurance and Risk Management, 1992
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006

Bradley Walker

Arts and Cultural Management, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006

Dave Bell

Law Enforcement and Corrections, 1976
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005

Eric Bergman

Advertising and Public Relations, 1982
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005

Joan Goodman

Social Work, 2000
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005

Diane Bergeron

Management Studies, 2001; Rehabilitation Practitioner, 1992
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004

Damien Atkins

Theatre Arts, 1994
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003

Marjorie Bencz

Voluntary Sector Management, 1990
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003

Merle Harris

Info Management and Library Technology, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003

Laurel Deedrick-Mayne

Arts Administration, 1981
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2002

Florence Loyie

Journalism, 1984
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2002

Rhonda Palmer

Legal Assistant, 1991
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2002

Denise Carpenter

General Administration, 1985; Advertising and Public Relations, 1981
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001

Susan Donnelly

Early Childhood Development, 1973
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001

June MacGregor

Social Work, 1973
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001

Shauna Seneca

Child and Youth Care, 1997
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2000

Isabel Bernete

Interior Design Sales Retailing Program, 1980
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2000

Karen Ashby

Nursing, 1981
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2000

Dennis Lenarduzzi

Visual Communication Design, 1985
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1999

Karen Spiess

Voluntary Sector Management, 1990
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1999

Darcy Verhun

Accounting, 1980
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1999

Mandy Corea

Teacher Aide, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998

Zedingle Ghebremeusse

Social Work, 1991
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998

Darka Tarnawsky

Arts Administration, 1989
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998

Iren Bartok

Music, 1995
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1997

Bob McPhee

Arts Administration, 1983
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1997

Colin Vann

Law Enforcement, 1978
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1997

Dale Auger

Native Communications, 1982
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1996

Stephen Williams

Volunteer Sector Management, 1990
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1995

Lynn Loos Moroz

Interpreter Training, 1987
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1994

Margo Kane

Dance, 1975
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1993

Stephanie Wilson

Occupational Health Nursing, 1979
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1992

William Exelby

Accounting, 1981
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1991

Sunita Kumar

Arts Administration, 1988
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1990

Linda Tyre

Volunteer Management, 1984
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1989

John Meston

Youth Development, 1976
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1988

Sherri Makarewicz

Volunteer Management, 1983
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1987

Carol Lynn Chilkowich

Travel Consultant, 1979
Distinguished Alumni Award, 1986