Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner 

The Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner is a signature event and a highlight of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School’s social calendar. This celebratory evening brings more than 200 alumni, parents of alumni, faculty and staff together for an evening of camaraderie, reconnecting and networking while honouring the year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and Long Service Faculty Retirees (20 years or more at STS).

With a 108 year history and a community of over 6,000 alumni, parents of alumni, former faculty and staff; the Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen STS’ unique vibrant alumni community. Alumni engage with the School in various capacities from volunteering at school events and alumni association committees to mentoring students.

This year STS was proud to honour Mr. Vinay Ruparell '80 as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient and retiring faculty Mrs. Wendy Rodney (32 years).  Enjoy the video tributes to both of them below.

Thank you to the following sponsors of the 10th Annual Alumni Dinner:

Bill Lorfing
Peter Martin
Tom Booth '97
Akbar Nimji '87
Ian Graham '93
Susan Evans '86
Paul Storwick '78
Tara & Rick Black
Amy (Chu) Rego '87
Aaron Goldman '98
Linnea Turnquist '87
The Trop Bar & Grill
J. Webb Merchant Ltd.
Riverfront Wine & Spirits
Frank & Luclle Giesbrecht
Alec Clark and Sloan Pipella Clark '81
Andrew Ferguson '96, Kensington Wine Market
Dave Farran, Eau Claire Distillery
Amy Pilling '92, BP Canada Energy Group
Sarah Schaus '97, The Wine Collective
Peter Stewart '90, Calgary Flames
Scott and Suzanne Henuset, Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Dave and Kathy Kletke, Oil City Press Ltd.

Wine/Spirit Pull in support of Scholarship and Bursary Fund

This year we thought we would try something different, so we held a "wine/spirits' pull

Here is how it worked.  All bottles of wine are donated and are at different price points.  The fun of the game is that you COULD get a very nice bottle of wine/spirits for a reasonable donation of $20.00.  We have over 80 bottles/gift cards up for grabs!  People who want to play, come and pay their money and then draw a numbered cork out of a bucket.  Each cork corresponds to a bottle of wine/spirits, etc.  You win the bottle that is numbered the same as the cork you draw.  Everyone's a winner! 

Wine/spirit corks will be available for purchase during the cocktail reception and dinner (or until we are sold out).  Proceeds will go to the Scholarship and Bursary Fund.

**If you would like to donate a bottle of wine/spirits or two for next years' alumni dinner, please contact Brenda Thompson at  In recognition of your kind donation we will ensure that your name is mentioned in a selection of event print and/or electronic materials. 

Take a look at the fun we all had at the Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Please contact Brenda Thompson for more information on Sponsorship Opportunities at 403-938-8318 or

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award honours eminent alumni who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding contributions to Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School. Award recipients will have stimulated new ideas or developments at STS, and have shown exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership. Each year, the Alumni Association is proud to honour alumni who capture the very essence of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School.

The Award was established by an anonymous benefactor in 2003 to celebrate Distinguished Alumni, showcasing those who truly represent the spirit of STS – Nil Nisi Optimum. The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is honoured annually at the Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner each spring.



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Past Winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award


2004 - Steven F. Johnson ’74
2005 - Donald J. A. Cross ’47
2006 - W.A. “Sandy” Heard ’46
2007 - Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Hess ’34
2008 - David E. Dover ’48
2009 - David McDermid ’57
2010 - Fred Mannix ’56 and Ron Mannix ’62
2011 - Janice Heard ’75
2012 - John Francis ’47
2013 - Gretchen (Cross) Thompson ’78
2014 - Richard Lindseth '73
2015 - Chris Shopperly '80
2016 - Vinay Ruparell '80


Read more about past winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award.



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