OCAD University Alumni of Influence Awards
Message from President Dr. Sara Diamond
Alumni hold a very special value for institutions. Their careers and their creativity are both symbols and material expressions of OCAD University. They create an aura that touches us. They are keepers of institutional memory. They are role models for generations that follow. They are literally our teachers – many alumni have returned as faculty or staff, at some point in their careers. They reconnect – providing jobs to new graduates, and mentorship. They are our best advisors, as we grow our infrastructure, bursaries and scholarships, and better support for our programs, we look to then for insights, leadership and financial support, if they are able.
The inaugural Alumni of Influence Awards, generously sponsored by TD Insurance, saw over 130 guests come to OCAD U in May 2015 to recognize five exceptional alumni who have made an impact across a wide range of fields and pursuits. From landscape painting, to higher education, interior design to illustration and photojournalism to Aboriginal art and culture, each of the 2015 recipients inspires us and we are so very proud to have been able to publically celebrate their achievements, and launch a new annual tradition.
See you on November 12, 2016 for the second annual Alumni of Influence Awards ceremony and reception!
Dr. Sara Diamond
President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University