Allie Hurry – 2021 Young Alumna of the Year

Allie Hurry – 2021 Young Alumna of the Year



The Young Alumna/Alumnus of the Year Award was established to recognize an individual who graduated in the past five years.  Nominated by their peers, recipents embody the spirit of Bishop’s through their professional achievements or community service.  This year’s winner is Aliosha Hurry.

When the harsh realities of the real world and the injustices experienced by those on the periphery of society are brought into focus, those moments can ofter be a catalyst to greater purpose. Allie Hurry ’19 had just such an awakening when studying criminology and majoring in Sociology at Bishop’s.

She had always been interested in pursuing a degree in law and this epiphany, about injustice in the world, focused her energy on helping the less fortunate who don’t have theknowledge or resources to help themselves.

Allie credits her sociology professors Dr. Vicki Chartrand and Dr. Steven Cole with opening her eyes to the world’s many injustices. Now at McGill, she has volunteered with Innocence McGill, which does research and work toward reversing wrongful federal convictions. This semester, she is working with CRARR (Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations) in place of one of her courses. CRARR deals with cases of racial, gender-based and disability-based discrimination.

Next, she will work for McCarthy Tétrault in Montreal as she did in summer 2021. Allie was drawn there because of the law firm’s  emphasis on doing pro-bono work in the community. This gave her the opportunity to work on a file about the treatment of prisoners in the Canadian penal system during Covid.  She also published an article in an on-line law journal dealing with missing and murdered Indigenous women.

During her time at Bishop’s, Allie was involved with the competitive cheerleading team. She also served as fundraising director for the BU Fashion Show and she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Vicki Chartrand.

Allie bleeds purple through and through, and it is for this reason along with her commitment to social justice that we congratulate her for being selected Young Alumna of the Year 2021.