It’s a point of pride that Upper Canada College has graduated Old Boys of distinction who’ve made their mark on every facet of public life for close to 200 years.
The UCC Association will officially unveil its new alumni recognition program, the inaugural “Old Boy of Distinction” and “Young Old Boy of Distinction” awards, at Founder’s Dinner on Monday, Feb. 12.
The Hon. Michael Wilson ’55 and Max Bruce ’05 will be the first recipients. Wilson will also deliver the evening’s keynote address.
“Michael H. Wilson is a distinguished Old Boy who has contributed greatly to his school, community and country,” says Ed Bracht ’55, UCC class president and head of the peer group that nominated Wilson.
“Michael certainly has exemplified the principles and values of the College throughout his life. His father, Harry Wilson ’22, former chair of the UCC Board of Governors from 1962 to 1967, would have been very proud of him.”
Wilson is chairman of Barclays Capital Canada, a former chairman of UBS Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada. In the political realm he was, most recently, Canadian ambassador to the United States. He was minister for international trade, minister of industry, science and technology, and minister of finance before that.
After retiring from Washington, he became chancellor at Trinity College and then the University of Toronto. That appointment ends this year. Among many volunteer activities, he’s most closely associated with his outstanding work on the issue of mental illness, with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as vice-chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and as chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Wilson has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, York University, Trinity College at the University of Toronto and an honorary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Bruce is an explosives technician with York Regional Police. After joining the force in 2010 as a front line uniform officer, he worked his way up to the emergency response unit, where he’s responsible for high-risk search warrants, weapons calls, hostage rescue and terrorism response.
Bruce was designated one of nine members of the explosives disposal unit last year. He received the Lightning Bolt Award for saving a man’s life while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
“What has impressed me about Max since his time at UCC is his willingness to follow his own path,” says university counselling director Katherine Ridout in her nomination.
Bruce combines his career with service work with Ontario Special Olympians and the Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket, Ont. He frequently mentors young people who are interested in a police career and coaches football in and outside of the UCC community.
“His gentleness and caring personality is equalled, if not surpassed, by his strengths — his physical strength, but more importantly his strength of character,” says Bruce’s godfather, Vahan Kololian ’73.
Jill Adolphe to receive John D. Stevenson Award
Capping off more than a decade of volunteer service to UCC, Jill Adolphe has earned the 2017-18 John D. Stevenson Award. She was nominated by 20 peers who unanimously agreed that everyone in the UCC community benefits from her hard work.
The Parents’ Organization’s co-vice-president is also the incoming PO co-president for 2018-19. The mother to twins Nicholas and Alexander ’17 and Christopher ’20’s dedication to the College has been an inspiration to many for 11 years.
“Volunteering at the College has been a privilege,” says Adolphe. “It has provided me the opportunity to: partner with fellow parents, many of whom I am fortunate to call my friends; collaborate with school administration and staff; and engage with students on initiatives focused on enhancing the overall student experience for the boys.”
Adolphe has been both a form and year representative, a team parent, and a committee member for the Prep Parents’ Organization, PO, the Blue Ties Gala and Grandparents’ Day. She was Association Day committee co-chair twice and both vice-chair and chair of the PPO. Under her leadership, the Prep locker rooms and entrance hallways received a long-await
“She’s a true leader who always has a smile and is ready to take on any challenge brought her way,” say her nomination. “No volunteer job is too big or too challenging for her.”
The UCC Association Council established the John D. Stevenson Award in 1993 to recognize individuals who’ve provided outstanding volunteer service to the College over a number of years. It recognizes the exceptional contributions of John D. Stevenson ’47. Nominations are elicited annually from all members of the College community. Last year’s winner was Louden Owen ’76. Past parent winners have included Piera Morra and Holly Miklas.
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