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Alumnae Achievement Award Winners 18

Crofton House School and the CHS Alumnae Association are pleased to present this year's Alumnae Achievement Award winners.

The Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an alumna in recognition of her outstanding dedication and accomplishment toward her life’s work.

The Alumnae Junior Achievement Award is presented to a young alumna, under 40 years of age, in recognition of her accomplishments in making a difference in the lives of others.

Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann Mortifee C.M. ’65

The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award winner – Ann Mortifee C.M. ’65 for her outstanding accomplishments in the performing arts and her tireless work raising awareness towards a wide range of social and environmental issues.

Ann graduated from Crofton House in 1965 and began her career in the performing arts. Ann has composed a number of musicals, as well as scores for ballets, operas and award-winning television specials; she has written over 300 songs and has recorded 10 albums.

In addition to receiving multiple nominations for Genie and Juno Awards, Ann has also been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Order of Canada (1991), YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (1992), and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). In the midst of her successful musical career, Ann realized music’s power to raise social awareness for a variety of causes that range from world peace to the environment. In addition to her dedicated work with patients in palliative care, Ann has brought monumental awareness to the power of self, the necessity of environmental protection and the importance of social innovation.

In addition to her great contributions and promotion of care for patients in palliative care through her Healing Journey projects, Ann facilitates consciousness workshops and has co-founded two foundations for social innovation and environmental awareness.

Alumnae Junior Achievement Award

Dr. Isabel Chen ’06

The Crofton House School Alumnae Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Alumnae Junior Achievement Award winner – Dr. Isabel Chen ’06 for her outstanding accomplishments in education, health and community outreach.

Following her graduation from Crofton House in 2006, Isabel attended Yale University (BA and MPH) and UBC (MD). While pursuing her medical degree at UBC, Isabel actively volunteered and advocated for improved health and human rights for vulnerable groups. In 2011, she founded Keep Safe Initiative, an organization that develops panic alarms for sex-trade workers. Isabel is also the founder of Reading Bear Society, a city-wide education program bringing together nearly 3,000 pre-school, high school and medical students to promote inner city health and literacy. Isabel is the recipient of multiple scholarship and research awards, as well as the YWCA Young Women of Distinction Award (2014). She is an active board member of the California Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and is an intern with the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland). She is currently a second-year family medicine resident at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles and a leading activist for women and children’s health.

Alumnae Relations

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

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