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Ancaster hall of distinction

The alumni and staff of Ancaster High School invite you to nominate former Royals who have made a difference in their professional and/or personal pursuits. These individuals may have excelled in the fields of arts and entertainment, business, military service, community service, science, and athletics. It is our hope to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments and to inspire current students within the Ancaster community. Please bring potential inductees to the committee’s attention by completing the attached Hall of Distinction nomination form and emailing it to:

[email protected] or by contacting the school at 905-648-4468.




Bob Cameron

Bob Cameron

Attended Ancaster High School 1969-1974

Football Player

Notable Achievements
  • Captain of 3 championship football teams (1970, 1971, 1972)
  • Winner of the Hec Crighton Trophy (Most Outstanding Canadian University football player (1976)
  • Winner of the Most Outstanding Canadian in 1988 Grey Cup
  • Winner of 3 Grey Cups with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Played in a record 353 consecutive games
  • Member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2010)


Marilyn McHarg

Marilyn McHarg

Attended Ancaster High School 1973-1978


Notable Achievements
  • Executive Director – Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • Director of Operations Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws (Queen’s University)
  • Humanitarian Award-Queen’s University Alumni
  • Order of Ontario (2015)

Dr. Allan J. Ryan

Dr. Alan J. Ryan 1

Attended Ancaster High School 1959-1963

Academic and Author

Notable Achievements
  • New Sun Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture at Carleton University
  • Author of The Trickster Shift which won an American Book Award in 2000
  • Co-ordinator of the New Sun Conference highlighting achievement and diversity in contemporary Aboriginal art
  • Co-Curator of About Face: Self-Portraits by Native American, First Nations and Inuit Artists
  • Doctorate in Anthropology from University of British Columbia

Alan Stacey

Alan Stacey

Attended Ancaster High School 1959-1964


Notable Achievements
  • Co-founded Students Park Fund
  • Raised $60,000 to purchase 122 hectares of what is now the Dundas Valley Conservation Area (1971-1981)
  • Chairman and/or Board member of the Hamilton Conservation Authority for 25 years (1973-1998)
  • President of the Bruce Trail Association (1978-1980)
  • Dr. Victor Cecilioni Environmentalist of the Year Award (1982)
  • In 2002 Alan Stacey was honoured with the dedication of the Stacey Meadow at the Dundas Valley Trail Centre.



Daniel Lanois
Danel Lanois 2015

Attended Ancaster High School 1966-1969

Record Producer and Engineer/Musician/Singer-Songwriter

Notable Achievements
  • 7 time Grammy Award winner
  • 5 Juno Award winner
  • Produced U2 album “Joshua Tree” which won the Grammy for Album of the Year (1989)
  • Canada’s Music Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame (2003)
  • Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Lifetime Achievement from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (2013)
Updated on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
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