At Ryerson, volunteers are integral members of the Ryerson community and play a vital role in the quality of the Ryerson experience for students, faculty and staff, and alumni. From mentors to advisors, fundraisers, ambassadors, organisers, ticket sellers, greeters and guest speakers, and more — their work and service contributes to the spirit of community at Ryerson.
Outstanding volunteers were recognised for their contribution to specific academic units, such as faculties or institutes, to non-academic units, or to the university at large at a special ceremony on June 20, 2017.
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education nominated Michel Crete, Chang School student and President of Act 2 Studio WORKS for this inaugural award.
For over nine years, Michel Crete has built and fostered the creativity and growth of The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO theatre program for people aged 50+. He shepherded the creation of a new organisational structure to help solidify and support the studio, wrote and acted in plays, and is part of the cast of No Big Deal, a successful volunteer touring show on prostate cancer issues. Michel nurtures both awareness and understanding in coping with change, helping seniors examine the problematic thinking that impedes acceptance. When he is not taking classes, performing, writing, managing a show, or volunteering on various committees, Michel can usually be found readily lending a hand backstage.
Bill Andrianos also received a G. Raymond Chang School Outstanding Volunteer Award at the ceremony. Bill was nominated by The School of Image Arts for his involvement with the new Image Arts Centre as a volunteer docent.
Bill Andrianos is a docent at the Ryerson Image Centre. Since the RIC’s opening in September of 2012, he has toured hundreds of school groups, special interest clubs and individuals through numerous exhibitions, and supported countless public events and programs. As a volunteer guide, Bill supports an essential position at the RIC, and his dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious. Visitors and staff are indebted to Bill’s charismatic approach, humour and sensibility, and his passion and engagement make an incomparable contribution to the public’s experience.