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.
2019-2020 Award Winners
Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award
The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Jane (Graham) McLennan ’47 the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award for her long-standing support and contribution to local and provincial non-profit organizations.
After graduating from Crofton House in 1947, Jane went on to the University of British Columbia. Throughout her adult life, Jane has consistently contributed to a number of organizations that reflect her love of the arts and desire to help those in need. She is a proud supporter of emerging artists and has developed close relationships with organizations such as Vancouver Opera, BC Ballet, Goh Ballet, and Vancouver Symphony. Jane has also shown dedicated and generous support to organizations supporting those in need. In particular, over the past 20 years’ she has supported the women and children who benefit from the YMCA’s Crabtree Corner.
Despite her generosity and dedication, Jane rarely asks for recognition. Her vivacious and energetic personality, coupled with her altruism, has allowed her to make a lifetime of difference to many people in the community.
Alumnae Distinguished Achievement Award
The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Yuka Nagashima ’88 the 2020 Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award for her dedication and accomplishments as a senior executive, policy leader, entrepreneur and educator in science and technology.
After graduating from Crofton House in 1988, Yuka attended Reed College, completing a BA in Physics. Yuka began teaching high school in Honolulu where she developed a new, integrative science curriculum. In 1998, Yuka co-founded LavaNet, one of Hawaii’s first internet providers. Yuka later changed the direction of her career to economic development and government advisory, serving as the Executive Director of High Technology Development Cooperation, Hawaii’s state agency responsible for tech-based economic development. Since then, Yuka has worked as a management consultant to various international organizations and served as President and advisor of Astia, which strives to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Yuka is also an instructor at Stanford University Continuing Studies.
Although Yuka’s career path continues to evolve, she remains a leader who has combined her knowledge in science, technology and business with her passion to help people find their success, whether by building capacity in others or by finding ways to lower the barriers of gender and racial inequality.
Alumnae Junior Achievement Award
The Alumnae Association is pleased to award Sabrina Leslie ’98 the 2020 Junior Achievement Award for her outstanding accomplishments in scientific research.
After graduating from Crofton House in 1998, Sabrina attended the University of British Columbia, where she received a combined BSc in Mathematics and Physics. In 2002, she moved to University of California, Berkeley to pursue a PhD in optical and atomic physics. Sabrina then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, where she advanced her doctoral research and invented a single-molecule imaging technology called CLiC.
In 2012, Sabrina became an Assistant Professor at McGill University, leading a research team to further develop CLiC into a platform technology for other research studies. Sabrina has published in research journals and received numerous awards for her work. Sabrina’s successes at McGill led to her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017. Sabrina has recently co-founded a biomedical start-up company to expand the CLiC imaging platform and lead its application to real-world problems.
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.