Alumni Celebration includes special presentations and awards

In conjunction with Trinity College School’s Alumni Celebration, a host of special presentations took place on campus on Saturday, September 24th.

The Clinton T. Sayers ’80 Service Learning Centre & Award were dedicated by the class of 1980, the Sayers family and friends. Clinton’s classmates have been tirelessly fundraising for this award since it was revitalized in 2015. It was great to finally see all of their efforts come to fruition, and to have the Sayers family on hand for this event.

Executive Director - Philanthropy & Alumni Doug Mann acted as master of ceremonies, first introducing the Head of Trinity College School Stuart Grainger to welcome the group. Next, Neil Stephenson ’80, Clinton’s roommate while at TCS and a major driver of this project, read a statement prepared by 1980 year chair George Davies, who was unable to attend, and shared some personal stories of Clinton. Director of Service Learning Kim Vojnov gave a summary of the extensive service learning activities that students today undertake, explaining how much this program has grown in recent years. David Fisher ’80, who created the very impressive new award trophy, read his artist statement, and Clinton’s brother Peter Sayers ’75 and sister Debby Sayers thanked the class of 1980 and all of the donors for their dedication to their brother’s memory. The group then made their way through the service learning centre to unveil the award wall. It was a very moving dedication, that meant so much to so many. Service learning will continue to be a pillar of a TCS education, as exemplified in our mission statement: developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service.

The new football seating area, located at Hargraft Field, was dedicated to retired teacher and football coach Drew Allen just prior to the Bigside football game versus St. Andrew’s on Saturday. The crowd was full of alumni whom Drew had coached during his 36 years at TCS, and whose lives he enriched. Speaking at the ceremony, Drew said was truly touched by the outpouring of support in his honour, and spoke about the dedication of his wife Sue and children Haddy ’04 and Derek ’10.

Prior to the Alumni Celebration dinner on Saturday evening, Colin Brown ’75 was on hand to present the award that bears his name to Brenda and Roger Glassco ’65. The Colin Brown ’75 Leadership Medal is the School’s highest recognition of exceptional leadership and volunteer service to TCS. Roger and Brenda are members of a three-generation TCS family, beginning with Roger’s father Colin G. Glassco ’26, and including their four children: Benjamin ’05, Charlotte ’09, Stephen ’10 and Anna ’13. Both of the Glasscos are long-time volunteers with the School. Brenda is a past president of the TCS Parents’ Guild, while Roger was a member of the TCS Board of Governors for many years and now serves as a trustee. Brenda and Roger were instrumental in helping the admissions department to bolster our growing day market in the Ajax/Whitby area. Often hosting receptions at their home in Ajax, the Glasscos introduced TCS to countless prospective students over the past 25 years and were truly amazing ambassadors of the School.