COVID-19 Update: Face Masks Required To Be Worn In Campus Buildings. Fall 2020 Program-Specific Delivery Plans Announced. Close Button


May 18, 2018

Belleville, Ontario, May 18, 2018 – The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) has announced that Dianne Spencer, Executive Director of College Advancement & External Relations at Loyalist College, will be presented with the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award. The Award recognizes a current or recent CCAE member who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of educational advancement over a number of years. The recipient is recognized both for exemplifying the highest ideals of the advancement profession and for dedicated mentoring of others in the field. It will be presented at an Awards evening during the CCAE National Conference in Halifax early next month.

Mrs. Spencer, who is retiring from Loyalist this summer, has worked at the College since 1987 in various roles that have included teaching, Director of Community Affairs and Special Projects, and Executive Director of College Advancement & External Relations. She served as Interim President of Loyalist following the retirement of Maureen Piercy in August 2016 until November 2016, when President Ann Marie Vaughan was appointed.

The College Advancement & External Relations portfolio includes responsibilities for fundraising, awards, alumni activities, marketing, recruitment and career services as well as media, government and community relations. A founding director of The Loyalist College Foundation, Dianne has served as an ex officio director and officer since it was established in 1995. Since then, the Foundation endowment fund for student financial assistance has grown to $11 million.

She has played a lead role in College capital campaigns to support the building of The Parrott Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre on campus, and the establishment of the Weston Family Scholarship program in the skilled trades. The latter began as a pilot program at Loyalist in 2013, and has since grown to support more than 150 students entering skilled trades programs, taught in The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre. The pilot project at Loyalist has led to the expansion of the program to a number of other colleges across the country, through the Weston Family Scholarship program, supporting students in skilled trades.

For more information about the CCAE 2018 Distinguished Service Awards Program, please click here

About CCAE
The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) is a volunteer-led organization that promotes excellence in educational advancement. CCAE members represent universities, colleges, polytechnics, institutes, independent schools and cégeps from across the country. Advancement encompasses advancement services, alumni relations, communications and marketing, fundraising (development), external relations, and public relations and other advancement disciplines. CCAE offers professional learning programs covering the latest trends and techniques in advancement, designed to meet the needs of our 4,400 members at 132 Canadian educational institutions.

About Loyalist College
Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 65 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million annually – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

– 30 –

Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536