The Trinity Western University Alumni Association is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2011 to effectively serve the interests of alumni and the University.
VISION: To build a vibrant ecosystem where alumni, students, and TWU thrive together in community.
MISSION: To strengthen the bonds between alumni, students, and TWU through purpose-driven connections that are beneficial to all.
2 CORE TENETS
CONNECT: Provide opportunities for alumni, students, and TWU to connect in community for personal and professional enrichment.
THRIVE: Help alumni, students, and TWU flourish in the marketplaces of life by fostering a Christ-centred community that generously offers their time, talents, and treasure for the benefit of all.
BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM
ECOSYSTEM: Interconnected network comprised of alumni, students, faculty, families, churches, and surrounding communities.
HOW DO WE DEFINE ALUMNI?
Trinity Western University and the TWU Alumni Association define an alumnus as a former TWU student who has completed 15 or more semester hours.
The TWU Alumni Way
The TWU Alumni Way is a set of six values statements meant to help define the unique characteristics of TWU alumni. These statements are what on-mission alumni have in common and what sets us apart as we purpose together as a community to live out this calling, wherever we are in the world.
As alumni of Trinity Western University, we are a community striving to engage our world, making it a better place, by acting on a vision of how Christ is redeeming the world. To that end, we will endeavour to:
Follow the example and the person of Jesus, devoting ourselves to being people of love, humility, self-sacrifice, mercy, justice, and compassion.
Never Stop Learning
Cultivate our minds and intellect, pursuing truth humbly, discovering and sharing knowledge. We will approach ideas and conversations openly and constructively.
Develop the Whole Person
We will seek to establish sustainable rhythms and patterns for our lives, the body, the spirit, and the mind, forming habits of self-control.
Invest in Relationships
We will be honest, authentic and inclusive in our relationships with acquaintances, close friends, family, or intimate relationships, engaging with genuine commitment, care and respect for others.
Seek to Restore
By serving others with generosity and love, we seek to humanize, rescue, and make whole. We respond willingly to the world’s most profound needs and greatest opportunities, in our work, neighbourhoods, passions and pursuits.
Bring the Spark
We are leaders, culture-makers, risk-takers. We are life-seeking people of community who bring illumination, vibrancy and brightness. Within the settings we live, play, and work, we add life, integrity, and insight.
A President Prepares
Plans were in motion to create the first Christian liberal arts school in Canada. But despite the support of many churches, it felt very much like an impossible dream for inaugural President Calvin Hanson. But as he was first and foremost a missionary, he knew what was required to gather support.
Trinity Junior College is Founded
On September 17th, 1962, classes began at Trinity Junior College for a total of seventeen students. At the time, it was merely a two-year junior college that was struggling to remain open. But God provided miracle after miracle, and the school began to do more than merely survive -- it began to thrive!
Trinity Junior College Becomes Trinity Western College
Ten years after the doors opened, Trinity Junior College grew into a new name and began to make a bigger impact on the surrounding area. This was an exciting time and start of a new era of growth.
Trinity Western College becomes Trinity Western University
Trinity Western continued to grow and went from being a two-year college to offering baccalaureate degrees in 1980. In 1985, the name was changed to Trinity Western University to better reflect this.
The Alumni Association
In 2011, a grassroots, alumni-led initiative sought to re-engage Trinity Western alumni within the school. The task force identified that over 18,000 students had taken at least one semester of courses since Trinity Western was founded in 1962, but that very few still engaged with the university once they’d graduated. This indicated that there were a significant number of people with a personal connection to Trinity Western that were not being heard. The Alumni Association was formed to change this.
The time had come to activate the network!