Celebrating Exceptional Alumni: Our 2021 Award 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.
“This past year has seen once-in-a-generation challenges posed to so many. There are countless alumni who prove that the Crescent Community can be a force for good and change in the world. This year's winners have stepped up to be Men of Character, truly setting a shining example for all of us to be proud of,” says Tom Dobson ’98, Chair of the Alumni Recognition Program.

Dr. Michael Warner ’96 received the Alumni Excellence Award, which honours alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, personal endeavors, and community service. He is the Medical Director of Critical Care at Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital and has been recognized by many as a leader during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Michael quickly emerged as a voice of the pandemic response that the public has come to rely on and listen to. He has maintained a clear and consistent message of what is needed to keep everyone safe through his media appearances and social media videos. It is widely believed that Michael has gone above and beyond his duties by being unafraid to speak up when he feels things are not being managed properly or effectively. Michael was instrumental in organizing a PPE drive at Michael Garron Hospital which expanded across the country. Michael has shared his experiences both as a patient advocate and frontline physician with Crescent students, teachers and alumni.

Dan Pringle ’05 received the Young Alumni Excellence Award for alumni who have distinguished themselves within 15 years of graduating from Crescent. He added his voice to the Black Lives Matter Movement by writing a personal essay, which he shared in a newsletter and on social media in response to the protests after the death of George Floyd in Summer 2020. Dan wrote, “as a black man, my story is worth sharing and learning about regardless of how I feel about it.” This essay quickly garnered attention and Dan emerged as a leader in Crescent’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging initiative. He is now the Chair of our first Crescent Alumni Diversity Committee. He has spoken at professional development events for Crescent staff about his experience as a Black student at Crescent. Dan is also a founding member of the Black Physiotherapy Association, which advocates for Black physiotherapists and underserved Black communities in Canada. He is a Registered Physiotherapist, Neurofunctional Acupuncture Practitioner and the founder and owner of Endeavour Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Centre. He has shared his time and expertise with Crescent students as a guest lecturer in Upper School Phys. Ed courses.

Bruce Burgess ’57 received the Alumni Community Leadership Award, which honours alumni who have demonstrated tremendous volunteer service to Crescent. He is the longest-standing member of the Crescent Alumni Executive, having joined as a Member-at-Large in 2004, representing the alumni who attended Crescent when its campus was located at Dentonia Park. Bruce’s support and commitment to the Crescent community is unwavering. He partnered with the Alumni Office starting in 2002 to plan many successful Dentonia Luncheons and has been instrumental in keeping Crescent’s Dentonia Park-era history alive. Over time, Bruce has been a generous donor to the School. He developed the 2005 DVD “Crescent- Past & Present” which includes footage from the Dentonia Campus, showcasing Crescent’s history starting in 1930. He commissioned the 2007 painting, Field Day by Rob Vanderhorst, which is displayed in the front reception area of Crescent’s Manor House and he supported the production of Crescent’s centennial book, A Crescent Century, in 2013.