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.
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 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.
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
ALUMNI AWARD OF DISTINCTION
SURVIVING THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY 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.”