Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 Chancellor William C. Graham Awards

Posted: November 10, 2021

Names of the recipients of the 2021 Chancellor William C. Graham AwardsCaring, giving and community-focused – these are just a few words to describe the 12 outstanding members of the Trinity College community who are the recipients of the 2021 Chancellor William C. Graham Awards.

In its third year, the Chancellor William C. Graham Awards are given in honour of Chancellor Graham’s generosity of spirit and leadership, and immeasurable contributions to the Trinity community.

“Chancellor Bill Graham makes the Trinity community better in everything he does. He is extraordinarily generous in every way and a true inspiration to all of us at Trinity and beyond,” Provost Mayo Moran said. “The Chancellor William C. Graham Awards honour his legacy by recognizing members of the community who lead by positive example and help make the College a more welcoming and positive place. On behalf of the College, we extend a special thank you to our 2021 recipients for being such as inspiration, for their positive attitude to all that they do for our college, and for making Trinity a supportive place to learn, live and work.”

The recipients of the 2021 Chancellor William C. Graham Awards were announced at the Fall Meeting of Corporation, which was held virtually on October 28, 2021.

Please join the Trinity community in congratulating the 2021 Chancellor William C. Graham Awards winners in all four categories: Current Students; Administrative and Service Staff; Academic Staff, Faculty, Librarians, Fellows, Associates and Teaching Staff; and Alumni. Recipients are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to improving the spirit of caring and fostering a positive environment in the Trinity community. The summary citation for each recipient is based on the statement provided by the nominator and others in support of the candidate. The citations are brief and will certainly not capture all they contribute to the College, but will give you a snapshot of their impact.

Recipients of the 2021 Chancellor William C. Graham Awards
Quain Buchanan

As Facility Services Supervisor, Quain Buchanan’s work impacts everything that’s done at the College, from classes to residence life to special events, so everyone in the College community has benefited from his work. Quain goes above and beyond on a daily basis, answering last-minute requests, handling emergencies, and problem-solving tricky situations — all of which he does with great patience, kindness and friendliness. Trinity is lucky to have Quain on our team.

Hriday Chheda

Hriday Chheda, a current student, is an exceptional person and wonderful Community Advisor. He returned to the role this year, after working through the challenges the pandemic presented last year. He has been a constant presence at Trinity, and can always be counted on when anyone needs help. Whenever he’s asked to do something extra, he never turns down the opportunity to contribute in a positive fashion. Above all else, he’s kind, collaborative and a beacon of positivity.

Yohan Dumpala

Yohan Dumpala is currently Head of Divinity, after also serving last year as the Co-Head of Divinity. Yohan has demonstrated significant leadership among students and in the wider College including his work on the Board of Trustees, planning new student orientation events and co-ordinating social events for Divinity students. Yohan was a member of the College’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism and Inclusion, and has continued to be involved in helping explain and advocate for the Task Force’s recommendations. Yohan engages in all that he does with a calm, quiet maturity and confidence, helping set a positive tone for the academic and social life of the College.

The Rev’d Canon Philip Hobson

The Rev’d Canon Philip Hobson has had a distinguished career in the Anglican Church of Canada, which includes serving as Rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. As an alumnus, Fr. Hobson has continued to serve on numerous committees of the College, particularly on the Senate, Corporation, as Chair of Divinity Council, and on the executive of the Divinity Associates. He has been a strong advocate and supporter of the College for many decades, exhibiting a loyalty and generosity to College staff and students that is as remarkable as it is admirable.

Louise James

Louise James truly embodies everything an institution could hope for from their alumni. She cares deeply about Trinity and has stayed connected throughout the years, supporting Trinity and our students in many ways. From her on-going work mentoring students and participating in career panels, to her invaluable contributions to the work of the Trinity College Task Force on Anti-Black Racism and Inclusion, Louise demonstrates a deep and on-ongoing caring for this College’s present and our future.

Judith Lavin

Judith Lavin, the Executive Assistant to the Provost, is always generous with her time and wisdom and is unflappable in the face of some very difficult situations. Judith steps up to provide support to so many people and jumps in to help fill needs on top of her very demanding role. She is trusted and discreet and ensures that the Provost’s Office is always professional, open and kind in its interactions with everyone and that people feel that they can freely approach the office with their concerns. She treats everyone with great kindness and respect and her positive contributions are felt by everyone at the College.

Andrew McFarlane

Andrew McFarlane has made significant contributions to the College as an alumnus, particularly in his outstanding governance service, first as Vice-Chair and then as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Through his six years on the Board Executive, he has brought steady and much needed leadership — through the initiation of the building project, the pandemic and major changes to College policy including the approval of the sexual violence policy and the creation of the Task Force on Anti-Black Racism and Inclusion. He is always generous with his time and energy and is dedicated to making positive change at the College.

Melissa Monteiro

Melissa Monteiro has been an absolutely critical part of the Facility Services operation for many years. She is often working very quietly, behind the scenes to ensure the finer details are dealt with efficiently and with a great deal of precision and thoughtfulness. She cares deeply for Trinity and all of the staff with whom she works, and this is seen through her positive interactions with everyone. Her reach is felt far beyond her department, and Trinity is absolutely a better, kinder and warmer place because of her.

Samantha Parker

Samantha Parker is a current student and this year’s Chair of the TCM. The nominator wrote: she was the first face I saw, and she welcomed me eagerly to the community, introduced herself to my parents, and in an instant assured me that Trinity College was a place where everyone belongs. The same friendly, generous and inclusive spirit has carried through in the work she does to enhance the student experience through student governance. She approaches community building with great spirit, and uplifts those around her.

Leanne Toshiko Simpson

Leanne Toshiko Simpson is a Trinity Writing Centre instructor and first-year seminar instructor. Last year Leanne launched the Trinity College Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Writing Circle. Through this program, she has created a much-needed space for BIPOC students to expand their writing practice centering on BIPOC literature and experiences. And this year she created a new first-year seminar course called Joy and Resistance in Storytelling that explores recent literature by BIPOC authors. Leanne has created a positive space where students can express themselves and be creative and truly feel heard. Her unparalleled commitment, generosity, initiative and her advocacy for mental health make her truly exceptional.

Nicole Spiegelaar

Nicole Spiegelaar is a positive, caring force within the Trinity College community. As an instructor in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program, Nicole has had a tremendous impact on the success of her students. She transforms them into life-long environmentalists and has provided them with hands-on research opportunities. As the Associate Director of the Trinity College Integrated Sustainability Initiative, her work has made the College a sustainability leader at U of T, and she has encouraged the members of the College community to become compassionate stewards of our campus and the broader environment.

Evangeline Tsagarakis

Vangie Tsagarakis is one the most kind and caring Academic Dons to ever work at Trinity. She constantly steps up to take on additional responsibility without being asked, and she sets a positive example for the Academic Dons team. She understands the importance of working with students, and places concern for their well-being at the forefront of every interaction. When it comes to the Dons team, she creates an atmosphere that is filled with camaraderie, support and fun. The Don teams and our students are lucky to have her in a leadership position.