Congratulations 2017 Alumni Award Recipients

Edward Struzik ’77 is the 2017 Alumni Award of Distinction Winner. Nicole Turner ’16 is the 2017 Young Alumni Award Winner. These awards recognize the achievements, dedication and community service of deserving alumni.

Alumni Award of Distinction

Edward Struzik ’77
Author, Island Press and Contributing Writer, Yale Environment 360
Fellow, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University
Instructor, University of Alberta, Department of Liberal Studies

After graduating from King’s with a History degree, Ed Struzik ’77 went on to complete his Master’s in Journalism and began an incredible career as a writer, photographer and public speaker focusing on scientific and environmental issues. His articles and photographs frequently appear in journals, magazines and newspapers, and he has published several books over the years.

Ed has earned over 30 international and national awards for his work, including the Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal.

Ed sits on the Canadian Arctic Resource Committee and was an advisor to the World Wildlife Fund Arctic Program. He is often invited to deliver keynote addresses and presentations at international conferences and forums on Arctic issues.

While at King’s, Ed founded and was president of the J.M.S. Careless Historical Society. This past spring, he returned to King’s as a Life After King’s panelist and also spoke to students about the role visuals can play in the craft of writing.

“It’s been 40 years since I was at King’s and it has grown mightily, but has not lost its small school charm and warmth," says Ed. "Of all the awards I’ve received, the King’s Alumni Award of Distinction is special because King’s gave me the kick-start and confidence I needed to move forward.”

Young Alumni Award

Nicole Turner ’16
Youth Engagement Facilitator, Thames Valley Children’s Centre
Guest Lecturer, King’s University College
Research Assistant, Wilfrid Laurier University

Before graduating from King’s in 2016, Nicole Turner was actively involved in many student clubs and activities, including King’s, King’s University College Students Council, King’s Soph team, Orientation Program, the Social Justice and Peace Club and Kids Club, all while studying to earn her Honors degree in Social Work and minor in Thanatology.

Today, Nicole is an Executive Youth Advisory Committee Member for the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. She is also a motivational speaker, sharing her personal experiences in order to raise ability awareness.

Nicole is currently completing her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University and is working as a research assistant with the Faculty of Social Work’s Equity Committee. Additionally, she works as a Youth Engagement Facilitator at the Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC).

During her undergraduate studies, Nicole was recognized with the YMCA of Western Ontario’s Young Woman of Excellence in 2011 and the Millennium of Excellence Award in 2009.

“Regardless of one’s background, interests, abilities, or lived experiences, there is a place for everyone at King’s," says Nicole. "The amount of support from fellow students, faculty, administration, and physical plant staff is extraordinary; as long as someone is willing to become part of the community, that person will never be alone. Joining the King’s community, at least for me, meant gaining a second family that sticks with you long after graduation.”

King’s is proud of the outstanding accomplishments of Ed and Nicole, and we are pleased to count them amongst our distinguished alumni.

There are many talented King’s alumni who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. If you know a King’s graduate whose contributions enhance his or her community and who is an inspiration to those who know them, please take a few minutes to submit a nomination to