The award recognizes outstanding contribution by McMaster graduates to the Hamilton community. The award will recognize individuals who have made a positive impact on the Hamilton community within the past three years, enhancing the quality of life while reflecting the values of McMaster - integrity, quality and teamwork.
Preference will be given to those residing in the City of Hamilton. The nomination form is available by clicking on the following link: Alumni Association Nomination Form
Dr. Jean Clinton
Dr. Jean Clinton is Hamilton’s champion for children. She has worked extensively with public and non-profit health initiatives to develop strategies to improve infant and child development in Hamilton and Ontario, with a focus on providing stimulating environments and positive relationships to foster healthy brain development in babies. In addition to her research and health promotion work, she is a devoted advocate for child health at the national and international level.
Dr. Mary J. Anderson
Dr. Mary J. Anderson is dedicated to telling the stories of Hamilton’s heritage. She has written two books and three plays on the McQuesten’s, a family that had a significant impact on Hamilton’s development. She is also a devoted volunteer, creating and managing the online Whitehern Museum Archives and Hamilton Heritage Arts Inc., as well as contributing her time and talents to the Hamilton Historical Board, Hamilton Arts Council and Tower Poetry Society.
Laurie Kennedy and Dr. Dyanne Semogas
Laurie Kennedy and Dr. Dyanne Semogas, from the School of Nursing, provide crucial stability for the McMaster Student Outreach Collaborative (MacSOC), coordinating more than 300 students who volunteer to support homeless or marginally housed people in Hamilton. Their passion for community service and education have ensured the growth and success of MacSOC and inspired the expansion of service learning components in health sciences curricula at McMaster.
Marvin Ryder is Assistant Professor of marketing and entrepreneurship at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He is about to start his 27th year of teaching at the University. He has taught and mentored more than 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students over those years.
In 2000, Marvin was named as Chair of the Transition Board for the new City of Hamilton. During the Board's one-year life, it organized the municipal election, created a new Hamilton Hydro corporation, and set service levels and budgets for a new, larger City of Hamilton. The Board identified more than $25 million in operational savings within the billion dollar City budget and developed a plan to reduce industrial and commercial property taxes by five percent - the first reduction in over a decade. This municipal work built on his earlier experience serving from 1990 to 1996 on the Board of Directors for Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, and the Hamilton Convention Centre (HECFI).
In 2001, Marvin was announced as Chair for the Hamilton Health Sciences Board of Directors responsible for operating the second largest hospital in Ontario with an annual budget of $1.0 billion. The seven sites (Henderson, General, McMaster, McMaster Children's, Chedoke, St. Peter's, and the Juravinski Cancer Centre) not only serve as community hospitals but have regional specializations in geriatric care, cardiac care, oncology, and women's and children's health. He became Past Chair of the Board in 2003 and retired from the Board on June 30, 2010.
In 2011, Marvin retired from the Boards of the Bay Area Health Trust (nine years) and the Desjardins Credit Union (three years). The latter coincided with the amalgamation of Desjardins with Meridian Credit Union on June 1, 2011.
He has written more than fifty case studies illustrating marketing, entrepreneurship, and business strategy problems Half of them have been published in leading Canadian marketing texts including case studies on Porsche, Union Gas, Crayola, and Molson Breweries.
Today, Marvin is most recognized for nearly 150 appearances annually on CHCH-TV and CHML commenting on the business issues which most affect the residents of Hamilton and Burlington.
Troy Hill, a McMaster graduate from Sociology in 2007, is a teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth Board of Education and is committed to outreach in the Hamilton area.
Troy has been an active member of the Hamilton Aboriginal Council. He has facilitated Restorative Justice, as a volunteer with the Board on Learning Community Days and been a strong advocate for the Aboriginal Student in our schools.
He has been contacted by many educational partners and community across the system to assist with an alternative support and resource for native students.
Troy demonstrates his commitment to our young people by his teaching of drumming and the faciltiation of Aboriginal Art and Culture event at Hill Park Secondary.
He has been a part of the Native Language program with HWDSB and has been part of the collaborative project of developing self identification policy and procedure.