Trinity Western University honours the contributions alumni have made in their communities and beyond

Award-winning recording artist and alumna Carolyn Arends performs at the celebration

Langley, British Columbia—They have made their alma mater proud. Eight alumni made their way back to Trinity Western University to be honoured at Trinity Western’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala on September 29. One hundred and ninety-five guests came to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the award recipients who serve in areas ranging from education and business to music and third world development. Among those in attendance was Carolyn Arends, award-winning recording artist and distinguished alumna of Trinity Western, who provided special music throughout the evening for her alma mater. “She really wanted to be here,” says Director of Alumni Relations, Neal Diamond of the musician, whose songs have made the top five on Canadian music charts.

The gala marked the third year that Trinity Western has presented the Distinguished Alumni Awards. “Because we have alumni working in all different marketplaces, award winners are not only those who are recognized in their area of expertise, but also those who are making a positive influence on the lives of individuals,” says Diamond. “And the quality of this year’s recipients is amazing.”

Awards of Distinction were presented to: Jon Bonnar (’92), vice principal at Shortreed Community School in Langley, B.C.; Gary Lutes (’89), teacher and head coach of the track and field program at Walnut Grove Secondary in Langley, B.C.; Wayne Bremner (’84), director of programs and personnel with Mennonite Central Committee in the Fraser Valley, B.C.; Crystal (Cumberbatch) Hicks (’82), director of worship arts at Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church in Abbotsford, B.C.; and Mark Maxwell (’81), top Canadian financial analyst and president of Georgian Capital Partners in Mississauga, Ont.

Young Alumni Awards were presented to Katherine Boyd (’00), admissions counsellor at Trinity Western University and Tyler Douglas (’00), business development manager for Vancouver company, Savage Software.

An Honourary Alumni Award was also presented to Honourable James (Jim) Penner, Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Steinbach, Man. constituency, who has served on Trinity Western University’s board since 1981.

“We want these people to be recognized for the work that they do,” says Diamond. “They are impacting the lives of others and Trinity Western is proud to see them making a difference in the various places they serve.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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