University College celebrates “alumni of influence” with gala event
University College celebrated 100 of its distinguished graduates at the first annual UC Alumni of Influence Awards in November.
Honourees included some of Canada’s brightest lights in education, science, business, law and the arts, including Anne Golden (BA 1962 UC), a proponent of social justice and former CEO of the United Way of Greater Toronto; Rosalie Abella (BA 1967 UC), Supreme Court Justice and one of the nation’s foremost experts on human rights law; and artist Charles Pachter (BA 1964 UC), whose signature representations of the Canadian flag and the Queen with moose have become pop icons of Canadian art.
Nearly 400 guests, including 58 of the award winners, descended upon the restored art-deco theatre Eglinton Grand in Toronto for the event. Among the highlights was the Fanfare of Illumination, a classical music piece composed by U of T student Massimo Guida and performed by Faculty of Music members in honour of UC students.
The awards banquet marks the start of a new UC tradition; 10 alumni will be honoured each year. Read about all the award winners.