Distinguished Alumna Award

Established in 2007, the Distinguished Alumna Award recognizes annually the achievements of a particularly accomplished Trafalgar Old Girl, a woman whose career or activities have made a difference in the world and can serve to inspire our students today. Based on nominations received from Traf alumnae, the award criteria are these:

  • She is a role model and inspiration to others;
  • She embodies the courage to break new ground and to reach for her full potential;
  • She is seen by others to have demonstrated excellence and/or has distinguished herself in her chosen field;
  • She has made a difference in the lives of others/has contributed to her local or the global community;
  • She has demonstrated leadership through her vision or acceptance of responsibility.

The 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award recipient is Alix Ohlin (Class of 1988).

Alix is the Chair of the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Her novel INSIDE was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2012. Alix has written four books and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and many other publications.

Alix graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1992 and was later associate professor at Lafayette University. In 2016-17, Alix was named McGill’s Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence. Trafalgar honoured Alix in 2012 as a Trafalgar Scholar and Explorer. She kindly shared her talents with Traf students in 2017 giving them a creative writing workshop and also took part in a panel celebrating Women of the World (WOW).

The 2018 Distinguished Alumna will be announced soon.

Past Recipients

2017 – Jennifer Moroz ’90, Carolyn Taylor ’90
2016 – Nilima Gulrajani ’95
2015 – Leticia Artola Cox ’48 
2014 – LCDR (Ret.) Sherry Daws-Knowles Richardson CD ’53
2013 – Lola Sheppard ’88
2012 – Caryl Churchill ’55
2011 – Lynne Echenberg ’89
2010 – Ruth Simons ’75
2009 – Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele ’40
2008 – Anne Wood ’76
2007 – Cathy Ferguson Burrows ’75


If you would like to nominate an alumna, please contact Kelly Carrier, Alumnae and Community Relations Coordinator at 514-935-2644, #219 or email kcarrier@trafalgar.qc.ca.