Celebrating Exceptional Alumni 2019 Awards Winners

Congratulations to the newest recipients of Crescent’s Alumni Recognition Awards. The awards honour Men of Character who merit special acknowledgement for their exceptional achievements and service to the community.
Jake Graham ’09 received the Young Alumni Excellence Award, which is for alumni who have distinguished themselves within 15 years of graduating from Crescent. After graduating from Crescent, Jake attended Wake Forest University on a running scholarship. He returned to Toronto and began a career in marketing. However, after a couple of years, he switched gears and transitioned to being a professional photographer. During the Canada 150 celebrations in 2017, Jake drove across Canada, capturing the countryside with his camera. The CBC featured his work on several occasions. He has completed projects for Canadian Geographic, Canada Goose, Parks Canada, TD Bank, Sheraton and others. His photos also appear on some of the world's biggest travel accounts, including, EarthPix, Wilderness Culture and Explore Canada. Jake’s photos can be seen on his @jakegrahamphoto Instagram account.

Alex Mihailidis ’92 received the Alumni Excellence Award, which honours alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, personal endeavours and community service. Alex is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Technology at the University of Toronto. He is also the scientific director of AGE WELL NCE (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life), a network that strives to create real-world solutions that will make a meaningful impact on the lives of Canadian seniors and caregivers. Alex and his team have worked extensively to design robots/AI that will assist elderly people in their home. He remains quite involved with the Crescent community, actively supporting the Alumni Internship Program as an employer and serving as a Professional Mentor through the Alumni Professional Mentoring Program. You can learn more about Alex and his work in the Winter 2019 issue of Past & Present magazine.

Barry Gordon ’87, P’21 received the Alumni Community Leadership Award, which honours alumni who have demonstrated tremendous volunteer service to Crescent School. In June 2019, Barry’s role as Chair of the Board of Governors ends after a successful three-year term. Barry has been an active member of both the Crescent parent and alumni community for a number of years now. Prior to his role as Chair of the Board of Governors, Barry chaired the Foundation Board from 2013-2016. He also served as Chair of the Governance Committee on the Board of Directors and was a member of the Headmaster Selection Committee. Barry has been a long-time Crescent supporter as a donor and as a sponsor of Crescent's annual golf tournament. Prior to selling his company, Barry was an employed many young alumni through the Alumni Internship Program. His long an unique history with Crescent began when his father, Chris Gordon, served as Headmaster of Crescent (1970-1982). The Gordons lived in the Headmaster residence on the top floor of Crescent's Manor House (now the Advancement offices) and Barry has fond memories of living on campus as a young boy. Barry & his wife, Wendy, have two children, including Oscar who is in Grade 10 at Crescent.