The ECAA Executive established this award in 2008 to honour and bring attention to graduates of the College whose vision and leadership have distinguished them through extraordinary and exemplary ministry to the church, academy, or society at large. Such recent or lifetime service and contribution can be at the local, national or international level.
Nominations will be considered by a Selection Committee comprised as follows:
Past-president of the ECAA
President of the ECAA
Member-at-large of the ECAA
Member of the Emmanuel alumni/ae
Principal of Emmanuel College or designate
Director, Alumni Affairs and Advancement or designate
Alumni Affairs Officer
2012 Recipient, The Rev. Dr. C. Douglas Jay, C.M., M.A., M.Div., Ph.D., D.D.
Douglas Jay Vic 4T6, Emm 5T0 is one of Canada’s most respected theological educators, one of the few appointed to the Order of Canada. His contributions to teaching, social justice, intellectual inquiry and interfaith cooperation have all been invaluable.
Jay was born shortly after the birth of the United Church itself. His father, a Methodist minister, had been educated at Vic and it seemed natural for the younger Jay to follow in his father’s footsteps, earning a degree in philosophy and history during the war years.
In 1955, Jay joined the Emmanuel faculty as a professor of religious philosophy and ethics. There he stayed until his retirement twenty years ago.
Jay is known as the Founding Director of the Toronto School of Theology. The school persists to this day, and is remarkable not only for the breadth of its ecumenical spectrum, but also for its association with the University of Toronto.
Jay returned to Emmanuel to serve as Principal from 1981 to 1990 and was named Principal Emeritus in 2010. Jay was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his continued devotion to providing interfaith understanding and cooperation.
Please join us at the Distinguished Alumni/ae Award Luncheon on April 16, 2013 as we honour C. Douglas Jay.