Welcome alumni of Victoria University!
Victoria University's alumni form a network of over 40,000 people, located in most parts of the world and with a strong contingent located in Toronto and the GTA. The Victoria Alumni Association—or the “AVC” (Alumni of Victoria College) as it is known—is led by a dynamic group of alumni volunteers who, along with talented alumni staff, organize exciting events, annual reunions, alumni receptions outside Toronto, on-line networking opportunities and so much more. Emmanuel College has its own association known as the Emmanuel College Alumni/ae Association (ECAA).
The AVC and ECAA’s mission is to build strong relationships between Victoria University and its diverse alumni network by offering engaging and practical ways to encourage an on-going connection beyond graduation, and to keep our alumni well informed on all things Victoria. Please join us for one or more of our events or visit our campus anytime; we look forward to welcoming you back!
Distinguished Alumni Award
Victoria is fortunate to number amongst its alumni a remarkable and impressive group of distinguished graduates: Nobel laureate and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson Vic 1919; literary critic and scholar Northrop Frye Vic 3T3, Emm 3T6; pioneering doctor Augusta Stowe-Gullen Vic 1883; Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the laser Arthur Schawlow Vic 4T1; authors Margaret Atwood Vic 6T1 and John Bemrose Vic 7T0; artist Robert Bateman Vic 5T4; poet Dennis Lee Vic 6T1; actor Donald Sutherland Vic 5T8; former ambassador Kenneth Taylor Vic 5T7; The Hon Henry N.R. Jackman Vic 5T3; and filmmaker Norman Jewison Vic 4T9.
Among the yearly activities of the AVC and ECAA is selecting the winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award which is the highest honour an alumni can hold. There is also an Emerging Leaders Award for young alumni administered each year by the AVC to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of alumni who are recently graduated (10 years or less). As well, the ECAA developed the Alumni/ae Service Award in 2017 to bring recognition and honour the noteworthy accomplishments of Emmanuel alumni.
One of the key ways that our alumni contribute to the life of Victoria University is through their generous contributions to the University's fundraising activities, principally through making a gift to Vic or Emmanuel's Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is a foundational fundraising program which supports scholarship and bursaries, the beautiful campus and buildings and new programs, such as the Jackman Scholars-in-Residence program. If you would like to know more about how you can contribute to Victoria in this way, please contact Ruth-Ann MacIntyre, Senior Development Officer, Annual Giving & Stewardship at 416-585-4526 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a gift now, please visit my.alumni.utoronto.ca/vicaf.
There are many opportunities to become more involved with the AVC and ECAA; the associations rely on the expertise and enthusiasm of its volunteers. Consider supporting Victoria through a volunteer service role and include it on your resume! For more information on formal volunteer roles on the AVC or ECAA as well as informal one helping out with reunion, events etc., please contact Jennifer Wells, Alumni Affairs Officer, at 416-585-4503 or email@example.com