The Order of the Ancient Commoner recognizes an alumnus/a or friend of the college who has given significant support to the College or to the Alumni Association above and beyond his or her position or affiliation.
The original Ancient Commoner, in the world of King’s lore, was an undergraduate student who, by choice, never graduated, and instead retreated to the cupola overlooking the quad. This student grew old and became the venerable guardian of all things King’s (lore, traditions, etc) and is also highly critical of King’s activities. Since the Ancient Commoner only looks favourably on those he considers to have made a significant contribution without regard for personal gain, the name of the award is apt.
As an Alumni Association Executive Committee member since 2013 and an Alumni Representative on the Board of Governors, Lindsay Cameron Wilson, BA’95, BJ’99, is no stranger to hard work. In addition to preparing countless recipes for her TV show (Love Food – Eastlink) hosting her podcast (The Food Podcast) and co-writing seven cookbooks, Lindsay is a dedicated community member who remains active and engaged with all things King’s.
From snipping flowers in the quad for Alumni Association Dinner centrepieces, being the guest of honour at Lunch in the Lodge with President Lahey and students, and a guest speaker in journalism classes, no task or ask is too big or small for Lindsay. When the University of King’s College celebrated 225 years of lighting intellectual flames in young minds, Lindsay was an integral part of the Anniversary Committee. She was chair of the Saturday Evening Gala event, a hugely successful dinner and awards evening that had close to 300 alumni and friends in attendance.
On May 25, at the Alumni Association Annual Brunch, Lindsay will be inducted into the Order of the Ancient Commoner.
Stephanie McGrath, BJ(Hons)’99, is an innovator and a strategist who is more than willing to lend her time and expertise to the University of King’s College. Bringing skills from her time at Canoe, NATIONAL, and currently as Vice President of Strategy at VERB Interactive, Stephanie has volunteered her expertise and been instrumental in helping the University of King’s College plan and execute digital strategy. She has King’s stay on top—and in front of—trends while appreciating King’s history and traditions. Stephanie is responsive and generous with her considerable talents and brings fresh energy and perspective to the University of King’s College communication team whenever asked.
Stephanie gave back again to the university again when she took on the challenge of chairing the 2018 World Wide Alumni Celebration (WAC). In the spirit of reuniting alumni around the world, she provided communication advice and messaging for e-newsletters and emails encouraging alumni participation at WAC events. She will chair WAC once again in 2019. Stephanie also jumped at the chance to participate in Lunch in the Lodge with President Lahey, giving current students her insights into life after graduation.
Stephanie serves on the King’s Board of Governors and she has been a member of the Alumni Association Executive Committee since 2017. She is also member of the Advancement Committee.
On May 25, at the Alumni Association Annual Brunch, Stephanie will be inducted into the Order of the Ancient Commoner.