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The York U Alumni Awards

The York U community came together on November 18 to honour the outstanding accomplishments of four alumni award recipients, and recognize the positive change being created by York students and alumni locally and globally at this year's York U Alumni Awards show. 

The leaders who were honoured at this year’s awards ceremony were Dr. Earle Nestmann (MSc ’71, PhD ’74); Christopher House, C.M. (BFA ’79); Dr. Pamela Ohashi (BSc Hons ’82); and Weyni Mengesha (BFA ’05). Click here to learn more about this year's award recipients.

Hosts alumnus Shahir Massoud (BBA '06), author, chef and television personality, along with Glendon alumnus Moboluwajidide ‘Bo’ Joseph (BA ’21), recipient of the Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award and Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award, led us through an evening of entertainment, celebration and networking, all from the comfort of our homes.

The awards show honoured this year's recipients and their accomplishments and featured performances by York U student and four-time Juno nominee, Sarah Slean, the York U Gospel Choir and Vanier College Productions, and featured an appearance by Toronto-based comedian Hoodo Hersi (BA ’14, BEd ’15).

The York U Alumni Awards recipients being honoured in 2021. From left to right: Weyni Mengesha (BFA ’05), Christopher House, C.M. (BFA ’79), Dr. Pamela Ohashi (BSc Hons ’82), and Dr. Earle Nestmann (MSc ’71, PhD ’74).

Bruce Bryden

Remembering Bruce Bryden, an outstanding York leader

The York U Alumni Awards were inspired by Bruce Bryden who was an exceptionally committed and influential leader at York University for many years. He was a member of our first undergraduate class, was the founding president of the York University Alumni Association (now the York University Alumni Board/YUAB) and was a member of the York University Board of Governors.

The York U Alumni Awards recognize and honour his vision, exemplary leadership and extraordinary achievements.


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