Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Since Conrad Grebel University College first opened its doors, a variety of bright, enthusiasticm and capable young adults have come to Grebel, grown in mind, body, and soul, and then left to leave their mark upon the world.

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award will normally be given annually to one or two alumni who have, in some notable way, demonstrated the unique emphases of Conrad Grebel University College. 


They are outlined as follows:

The purpose ​of the award is to:

  1. identify outstanding alumni in a systematic way;
  2. honour significant service and contributions of alumni;
  3. inspire other alumni and current students to lives of service; and
  4. heighten the public image of Conrad Grebel University College by publicizing the service contributions of college alumni.

The qualifications for t​he Distinguished Service Award:

  1. Was a resident or associate of Conrad Grebel University College for two terms, or is a graduate of one of Grebel's academic programs (Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Master of Theological Studies); and
  2. Has made a unique contribution to the church, community, nation, world that is significant and worthy of recognition; and
  3. Has made a contribution representing the ideals and purposes of Conrad Grebel University College.

The process of awarding the award is:

  • Nominations are made from alumni and faculty to the Alumni Executive Committee by January 1 of each year;
  • Alumni Executive Committee screens the nominations and nominates candidates to the president of the college;
  • The president vets the nominations through the College Council;
  • The president announces and/or presents the awards at the College Convocation Service in April.

Please send nominations to:

Fred W. Martin, Attn: Alumni Committee
Conrad Grebel University College,
140 Westmount Road, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Present a brief case statement for why the alumnus/a you are nominating meets the above qualifications for the award.

You may also nominate for Grebel's award via the University of Waterloo's Alumni website 


Past Recipients

2022 recipient:
Issa Ebombolo

2021 recipient:
Ann L. Schultz

2020 recipient:
Sarah Johnson

2019 recipient:
John Neufeld

2018 recipient:
Dean Peachey

2017 recipient:
Amanda Kind

2016 recipient:
Ted and Darlene Enns Dyck

2015 recipient:
Johnny Wideman

2014 recipient:
Lisa Schirch

2013 recipient:
Andrew Reesor-McDowell

2012 recipient:
Larry Willms

2011 recipient:
Betty Pries

2010 recipient:
Nick Driedger

2009 recipient:
Vic Winter

2008 recipient:
Ruth Teichroeb

2007 recipient:
Lynn McRuer

2006 recipient:
Nolan Andres

2005 recipient:
Tim Wiebe

2004 recipient:
Mark Yantzi

2003 recipient:
Josie Winterfeld

2002 recipients:
Jane Schultz-Janzen and Ernie Regehr