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Alumnae Achievement Award Winner 17

Doreen McKenzie-Sanders C.M. OG '38

The Alumnae Achievement Award is presented to an alumna in recognition of her outstanding dedication and accomplishment toward her life’s work. The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to award Doreen McKenzie-Sanders, C.M. the 2017 Alumnae Achievement Award for her pioneering work in advancing equality for women in the business world. 

Doreen McKenzie-Sanders attended Crofton House School in the 1930's. She is an award-winning journalist, educator & publisher, presented with numerous awards including the Order of Canada (1986), the first Business In Vancouver's "Influential Women in Business" Lifetime Award (2005) and the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Person's Case (2006). 

Doreen started her career at the Vancouver Province in 1938 and after graduating from the University of Western Ontario's Journalism program (1962) she was hired as the assistant editor for the Business Quarterly, the publication of Western's School of Business. At the time she was hired there were no women on the faculty and no female students attending the Business School.   Throughout her life, Doreen has been dedicated to her work of ensuring greater recognition of women's abilities and their capacity to lead. “Women are remarkably capable in their many roles in society. They have earned the right to be accepted as equals in every aspect of modern-day life. This message still needs to be shouted loudly and clearly and persistently.”

Alumnae Relations

Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg '85
Assistant Director, Advancement
t: 604 263 3255 Ext. 4205

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