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Alumnae Achievement

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 Alumna Achievement Award, Distinguished Alumna Achievement Award, and Lifetime Alumna Achievement Award.

Junior Alumna Achievement 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 Alumna Achievement 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 ALumna 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.

2020-2021 Award Winners


The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award sisters Dagmar Timmer ’91 and Vanessa Timmer ’92 a joint 2021 Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award for their lifelong commitment to environmental action, research and policy, social entrepreneurship and systems change.

Dagmar (Dyana) Timmer ’91 and Vanessa Timmer ’92 have worked to advance sustainability and climate solutions locally and globally for over 30 years - often together. Vanessa is currently Executive Director and Dagmar is Managing Director - Strategic Initiatives with their nonprofit OneEarth, a Vancouver-based environmental ‘think and do tank’ creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. They partner with sustainable living leaders, policy-makers, artists, funders, researchers, youth, and practitioners, and support people taking action in their communities (action guide here).

Vanessa earned her doctorate and studied at Queen’s University, University of Oxford, University of British Columbia and Harvard University. In addition to her role at OneEarth, Vanessa is a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University in the Netherlands (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development; Urban Futures Studio). Vanessa is also a Working Group co-lead in the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the United Nations 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme. In Canada, she is a Board member of the National Zero Waste Council. She received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability. For ten years, she and Dagmar co-hosted the award-winning The Sustainable Region TV show for Metro Vancouver.

Dagmar completed her masters in political science and studied at Queen’s University and Simon Fraser University. OneEarth’s work in BC is in partnership with Vancity. It includes Dagmar co-leading One Planet Saanich, which brings together businesses, municipal government, schools and community organizations in the District of Saanich to implement sustainability action plans. She is a member of the steering committee of CityHive’s youth EnviroLab and the Vancouver Foundation Partnerships Committee. She has worked overseas on forest conservation and development issues. In Switzerland, she worked with IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) on global forest issues. In Kenya, she helped facilitate a network of rainforest-agriculture margin research sites in the Amazon, the Congo and Southeast Asia with ICRAF (The World Agroforestry Centre).

The Timmer sisters are dedicated to women’s leadership and to supporting the cultural transformation to living good lives justly within our one Earth. 


The Alumnae Association is pleased to award Psyche Loui ’99 the 2021 Junior Alumna Achievement Award for her outstanding work linking music with neuroscience and psychology.

Psyche Loui is an Assistant Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice in the Department of Music at Northeastern University. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with her PhD in Psychology, and attended Duke University as an undergraduate with degrees in Psychology and Music. In the MIND (Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics) lab, Psyche Loui studies the neuroscience of music perception and cognition, tackling questions such as: What gives people the chills when they are moved by a piece of music? How does connectivity in the brain enable or disrupt music perception? Can music be used to help those with neurological and psychiatric disorders? Psyche has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on music and the brain. Her work has been featured by the Associated Press, New York Times, Boston Globe, BBC, CNN, NBC news and CBS radio, the Scientist magazine, and other news outlets.

Nominating an Alumna

Do you know an alumna you would like to nominate for an Alumnae Achievement Award? We accept nominations throughout the year.   

Nomination Form

Past Winners

Crofton House School has a long history of distinguished alumnae. Learn about the life and accomplishments of past award winners. 

Past Award Winners