The alumni of York University distinguish themselves by redefining what it means to succeed. Each year, York University celebrates alumni who have realized extraordinary achievements and made remarkable contributions to York and their communities by presenting them with Bryden Alumni Awards.
The awards are named in honour of Bruce Bryden, a member of York’s inaugural undergraduate class. Bryden was the founding president of the York University Alumni Association (YUAA) and served for 20 years on York’s Board of Governors until his death in 1992.
Nominations are now being sought for the following award categories:
Outstanding Contribution Award
Presented to a York University alumna or alumnus in recognition of her/his dedication to the advancement of York University through exceptional service, commitment and/or contributions.
Pinnacle Achievement Award
Presented to a York University alumna or alumnus who has achieved true distinction in his/her professional life or in any field of endeavour and who, by his or her integrity and ability, inspires alumni, faculty, staff and students.
Redefine the Possible Award
Presented to a York University alumna or alumnus whose leadership and successes – innovative, unconventional, daring – embody York’s tagline, “Redefine the Possible”.
Presented to a York University alumna or alumnus for remarkable professional and/or community accomplishments early in his/her career (within 15 years of receiving a bachelor’s degree or 10 years of receiving a professional/graduate degree).
Local Hero Award
Presented to a York University alumna or alumnus who is also a current or former employee of York University and who has risen above the call of duty in her or his devotion to York. This award can recognize contributions, achievements, leadership and/or early accomplishments.
Nominations are due by April 15.
Note: The Bryden Alumni Awards nomination process is confidential. If you are considering nominating someone for an award, please do not inform the nominee of your intention.