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Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

About the Award

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.

In naming the awards after Gordon Cressy,the former vice-president of development and university relations, the UTAA recognized his commitment to higher education and his leadership in fundraising and community service. The qualities of leadership and dedication demonstrated by Mr. Cressy during his six years with the university are also embodied in the efforts of students chosen to receive this award.

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    The 2018 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony in the spring. Click on the button below to see a full list of this year’s recipients.

    2018 Award Recipients

    Photo of Dana Britton, Cressy Award 2017 recipient

    Outstanding student leaders

    The student experience at the University of Toronto is about more than classes and books. It is about life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards recognize graduating students for making outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

    More than 200 students who contributed to their community through extracurricular activities received Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards at Convocation Hall (photo by Gustavo Toledo Photography)

    Who are the 2017 Cressy Award winners?

    Bringing solar light to developing countries, fighting Islamophobia: read about the more than 200 students honoured for contributing to their community through extracurricular activities in 2017. (photo by Gustavo Toledo Photography)