Colin T. Brown ’75 and 150th Anniversary Medals awarded

On Saturday, May 28th, as part of Headmaster Stuart Grainger's presentation during reunion weekend, Trinity College School was fortunate to recognize four community members with some of the School’s highest honours.

Colin Brown ’75, chair of the Body of Trustees, and former chair of the TCS Governing Body, was present to award the medal in his name, the Colin T. Brown ’75 Leadership Medal, which is the School’s highest recognition of exceptional leadership and volunteer service to TCS. This year’s recipients were Tony Hendrie ’52 and Brian Westlake P’95 ’98.

The volunteer work Tony Hendrie ’52 has done for the School has been exemplary and something that few can match. Tony’s most active involvement with the School extended from the early 1980s up to the early 2000s. He was, for a number of years, chair of the TCS Fund committee and then an active member of the committee, advocating in particular for increasing alumni donor participation rates. Tony was a key member of fundraising committees for two major campaigns: Assignment the 1980s and Trinity Tomorrow. He also served as a governor of TCS and was active in school governance. In 1998, Tony was asked by Bishop Blackwell to serve on the selection committee for a new TCS chaplain, resulting in the hiring of current chaplain, Father Don Aitchison. Tony was elected as a trustee and today is an honorary trustee. Tony has been also a significant supporter of TCS and has regularly supported the Annual Fund and many capital campaigns.

Brian Westlake P’95 ’98 is a retired partner in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he spent his legal career in the practice of business law. Brian has served as a director of various Canadian corporations and as a volunteer with a number of charitable organizations. Brian’s volunteer activities have included being a past governor and current honorary trustee of Trinity College School; and a current director, secretary and the chair of the governance committee of the TCS Foundation. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Toronto and its charitable foundation. He has served on the national board of MADD Canada and continues to serve on its finance committee. He sits on the board of the Graham Munro Charitable Foundation and is a member of session and chair of the board of trustees of Armour Heights Presbyterian Church. Brian and his wife Joyce were both awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for their volunteer work with MADD Canada. Their two sons graduated from TCS: Andrew ’95 and Michael ’98.

The 150th Anniversary Medal is the School’s highest honour, open to alumni, parents and friends of TCS, in recognition of exceptional professional accomplishment and/or community service. This year, the medal was awarded to Colin Glassco ’61 and George Strathy ’67.

After retiring from a career in finance and oil & gas, Colin Glassco ’61 started a second career in 1989, when he volunteered with an organization called Sleeping Children Around the World. He went overseas distributing kit beds in Thailand and the Philippines. He was so moved by the experience he created the Colin B. Glassco Foundation for Children, which was registered in 1996. The foundation supports medical education and aid (eye surgery), as well as drinking wells. The foundation has treated hundreds of children for trachoma, built nearly 300 wells and trained 30 workers to operate them.

George Strathy ’67 was a lawyer with Strathy & Isaacs Barristers & Solicitors in Toronto when he was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the province of Ontario in 2008. In 2014, he became the Chief Justice of Ontario. Justice Strathy has developed an expertise in maritime and transportation law, civil litigation, insurance and environmental law. George has five daughters, including Arundel (Strathy) Gibson ’93, who along with husband Noble Gibson ’93, has three sons currently at TCS.