The University College community celebrated some of its most eminent members at the annual Alumni of Influence Awards dinner and gala, held on November 19.
More than 220 alumni, students, and faculty of the College—including all 16 honourees or representatives—gathered for an elegant evening in Hart House’s Great Hall. A number of award recipients from previous years were also in attendance, showing their support for their newest Alumni of Influence colleagues.
Capably running the show was master of ceremonies Nora Young (BA 1986 UC), a UC graduate and host of CBC Radio’s Spark. University College Principal Donald Ainslie gave the opening remarks, encouraging guests to get to know each of the 31 UC students seated among them. Judy Goldring, Chair of Governing Council, brought greetings on behalf of the University of Toronto, while alumnus Arthur Potts, MPP for Beaches-East York (BA 1982 UC), represented the Government of Ontario.
Now in its fourth year, the awards gala has become a marquee event for University College and the University of Toronto.
This year saw the introduction of the UC Young Alumni of Influence award, recognizing the achievements of graduates aged 35 and under who are in the early phases of their careers. Physician and media personality Doctor Melissa Lem received the inaugural prize.
Award recipients are selected on the basis of nominations from the UC community.