Announcing 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
It is our pleasure to announce that Mrs. Sloan Pipella-Clark '81 has been selected as the recipient of the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award – the highest honour the School bestows upon its alumni.
Established in 2003, this award recognizes eminent alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School. Each year it showcases an alumnus who has stimulated new ideas or developments at STS, shown exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership, and who has truly represented the spirit of STS – Nil Nisi Optimum.
Sloan started her lifelong connection with STS when she entered Grade 1 at Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls in 1969. In 1971, she was part of the first cohort of students who attended the new Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, an amalgamation of Strathcona School for Boys and Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls, which was located on our current country campus. Sloan graduated in 1981, receiving Strathcona Award, now known as the John S. Burns Family Trophy. After graduation, Sloan pursued her nursing degree and has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years in both Calgary and Toronto. In 1990, Sloan hosted the first STS reunion for alumni living in Toronto.
Sloan and her family have a long history with STS. Her sisters, Tara ’85 and Kimber ’88, and her niece and nephew, also attended STS. Her parents, Edward and Lucille Pipella, have been long time supporters of the School. Continuing in the family tradition, Sloan’s two children Maclean ’14 and Lochlyn ’17 attended STS, one of the many second-generation families to attend STS.
As both an alumna and a parent, Sloan has been a leading force and strong supporter of the Alumni Association and the School. She is an active member of the Parents Organization of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (POSTS) (President from 2015 to 2017), several Black Watch Committees (Co-Chair, 2012), and the Advancement Committee. Sloan is also the Class of 1981 Representative, an Alumni Association Executive member, and sits on the STS Board of Governors. In addition to being a tireless volunteer, Sloan and her husband Alec Clark have a long history of generously donating to the School.
Sloan has shown a level of dedication to the School which spans more than 47 years, displaying constant moral support and dedicated service, with a readiness to assist whenever needed –all characterized by grace and goodwill to everyone. She has truly exemplified Nil Nisi Optimum throughout her entire life and is an outstanding role model. We invite you to join us as we celebrate Sloan Pipella-Clark ’81 as our 2019 Distinguished Alumna at the 12th Annual Calgary Alumni Dinner on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Gasoline Alley in Heritage Park.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.sts.ab.ca/AlumniDinner2019. Don’t miss out on this signature event and the opportunity to connect with your STS family. We look forward to seeing you there.