Alumni Award of Distinction

The HSC Alumni Award of Distinction Program celebrates the achievements of alumni in our community who have lived the aspirations of the Hillfield Strathallan College Vision, developed into global citizens, and have bettered the world around them.
If you would like to nominate an individual, please fill out the Nomination Form.
Deadline for Nominations: Friday, May 29, 2020.

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  • What is the selection criteria?

    • The story of this person and their accomplishments would be an inspiration to HSC students of today.
    • This individual has clearly excelled and demonstrated an ability to reach their full potential.
    • This individual is seen by others to demonstrate excellence--in any area of artistic, intellectual, physical or humanitarian excellence.
    • This individual has made a commitment and a significant contribution to "better the world around them" - in the HSC community, their community of residence or in the national or global community.
  • Who can be nominated?

    Any former student of HSC who completed a minimum of one academic year with the school is defined as an HSC Alumnus, and therefore is eligible to be nominated for this honour.

    Unfortunately, this award may not be presented posthumously.

    Nomination Deadline: Friday May, 29, 2020
  • How can I nominate someone?

    Please fill out the Nomination Form or contact the Alumni Office by emailing
  • What is the nomination and selection process?

    A selection committee representing a cross-section of Alumni, Current Academics, Former Academics and Community Leaders will review all nominations and be responsible for the task of selecting an annual winner.
  • The Honour

    The Alumni Award of Distinction winner will attend a celebration in their honour at the invitation of the Alumni Association and College. They will be asked to share wisdom and insight into their accomplishments as a Keynote Speaker and participate in the Prefect Installation ceremony, inspiring the next generation of leaders. An annual graduation scholarship sponsored by the HSC Alumni Association will be named for the recipient of the Award of Distinction and presented to a graduate to aid in higher learning endeavours.
  • Past Alumni Award of Distinction and Hall of Excellence Ceremonies

    To view the past Alumni Award of Distinction winners and past Hall of Excellence inductees click here.

    To view the photos of past award ceremonies, please go to 
    our Gallery.
  • Past Award of Distinction Winners

    2005 Mr. Colin B. Glassco '61
    2006 Dr. Sheila Singh '90
    2007 Dr. Gail Robinson '60
    2008 Mr. Steven H. Paikin '78
    2009 Mr. Ronald S. Bremner '67
    2010 Mr. Robert Young '72
    2011 The Honourable Mr. Justice Randall Scott Echlin '69
    2012 Mr. John C. van Nostrand '67
    2013 The Honourable Coulter A. Osborne '50
    2015 Mr. Robb W. Webb '74
    2016 Ms. Naina Kapur '78 & Prof. Ratna Kapur '78
    2017 Mr. Colin McNairn '56
    2018 Ms. Lori Morris '82
    2019 Mr. Warren Dakin '78


Warren Dakin ’78 says, “Don’t sleepwalk through life or you’ll miss the fun.” 

Confidence, patience and perseverance have been the keys to success for Warren Dakin ’78.
Today he is enjoying retirement after three decades in the financial industry.
Having had a successful career in both Toronto and New York, as both a Vice President, and later as a Director of Institutional Equity Trading, the HSC alumnus has fond memories of his time at the College.
After graduating from HSC, Warren attended Sheridan College where he studied Business Marketing. “When you get to college or university, you are on your own,” he says. “The responsibility shifts to the students. I may not remember a lot of what I learned about business marketing, but I can tell you that the biggest lesson I took away from that experience is that the world isn’t going to sit there and hold your hand every day. You’ve got to go out and make it happen on your own”.
After graduating from Sheridan, Warren spent the next five years trying to find his niche.
“It took me the better part of five years to try to get a better sense of what I wanted to do, what my interests were, and where my strengths and weaknesses lay,” he says. “I spent those five years drifting, but not really loving what I was doing or excelling.”
In 1985, at the age of 25, Warren finally found his niche. He secured an entry-level position at a financial brokerage firm and it was exactly what he needed. He started at the bottom, working his way up to a senior level of responsibilities, constantly learning as he went.
“The key is to believe in yourself,” he says. “The best investment that you can make in life is within yourself. Figure out what your passion is and everything will fall into place.”

Located in Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College is a Canadian independent, co-educational day school.
The academic program runs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12.

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