The Alumnae Achievement Award is presented annually to a living alumna or old girl in recognition of her outstanding dedication and accomplishments in her life’s work, either professional and/or volunteer. There are three categories for the Alumnae Achievement Award: Junior Alumnae Award, Distinguished Alumnae Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Junior Alumnae Award
Recognizes an Alum or Old Girl, 40 years or younger, who has reached a significant level of success and has demonstrated vision and leadership
Distinguished Alumnae Award
Recognizes an Alumnae or Old Girl, for her outstanding achievement in a particular field or industry, for her role in advancing women is leadership in society and/or the workplace and has proven to be an exceptional role model to young women
Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes an Alumnae or Old Girl for a lifetime of dedication and service to her community, as well as who made a significant contribution to her profession, to the wellbeing of humanity and expanded the role of women in society.
2018–2019 Award Winners
Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award
The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Ann Farris ’55 the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifetime contributions to program development in the performing arts.
After graduating from Crofton House in 1955, Ann received her BFA from UBC and MFA at the Yale School of Drama. In 1963, Ann began her long career in the management and program development of the performing arts, as consultant, director and producer to a number of theatres, operas and national arts organizations across the United States. For Expo 86, Ann returned to Vancouver as producer of Expo’s World Festival, developing the 6-month international entertainment program of dance, theatre and music. Ann then returned to the US as a consultant in organizational management and later as a recruitment manager. Since 2009, Ann has volunteered as an archive associate for the San Francisco Opera. Ann has also been involved with Discover Dyslexia, sharing her personal story and struggles of being an adult with dyslexia.
Alumnae Distinguished Achievement Award
The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Jennifer Johnstone ’78 the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award for her dedication and accomplishments in non-profit management and community resource development.
Following Jennifer’s graduation from Crofton House in 1978, Jennifer received her BA from Queen’s University and pursued graduate studies at the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies and in Women’s Studies at Carleton University. Since the late 1980s Jennifer has developed an extensive career in non-profit management and community resource development, holding key leadership positions with organizations such as the Vancity Community Foundation, Battered Women’s Support Services and Ballet British Columbia. For over the past decade, Jennifer has held the position of President & CEO with Central City Foundation, an organization which invests its core capital in social purpose real estate, creating lasting change for inner-city communities. Jennifer remains passionately committed to social justice and community investment and volunteers in many capacities with various organizations at local, provincial and national levels.
Alumnae Junior Achievement Award
The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Emily Ma ’99 the 2019 Junior Achievement Award for her outstanding accomplishments in science, technology and engineering.
After graduating from Crofton House in 1999, Emily attended Stanford University where she received her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Emily started her career as a mechanical engineer and roboticist. Emily returned to Stanford to pursue her MBA to bridge the language of design and business and has since taught at Stanford’s business school, engineering school and “d.school.” Currently Emily is a lead at X, formerly Google [x], a stealth group focused on developing high-impact technologies that have the potential to massively improve hundreds of millions of lives. She has helped develop multiple early stage programs which have involved revolutionary technologies and she currently heads a portfolio of investigations aimed at drastically reducing waste in the global food system.
Nominating an Alumna
Do you know an alumna you would like to nominate for an Alumnae Achievement Award? We accept nominations throughout the year.
Crofton House School has a long history of distinguished alumnae. Learn about the life and accomplishments of past award winners.