Previous Award Recipients

2015 Recognition Award Recipients

Annual APO Recognition Award

Presented at the Celebration of Service, November 27th, 2015, Myer Horowitz Theatre

Cheryl Deslaurier, Communications Officer, Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

"Her personal attributes are many but ones that come immediately to mind include sincerity, thoughtful, insightful, open-minded, dependable, and understanding."

"She is professional, respectful and exhibits a strong sense of pride when discussing where she works and who she represents."

"Cheryl has been exemplary and outstanding in providing and demonstrating all of the qualities of leadership with a presence that does not have expectations of personal gain."

Janet Welch, Assistant Dean, Technologies in Education, Faculty of Education

 - "Janet makes her own trail.  Her ability to learn from mistakes and difficult situations means that she is willing and able to take risks that others might not."

 - "Janet is regularly sought for her expertise and has therefore been involved in a number of provincial and international projects.  Wherever possible, Janet will take the opportunity to make these projects collaborative, thereby raising awareness of and championing the work done at the University of Alberta."

 - "She brings out the best in her team members by encouraging them to do what they thought couldn't be done or done in a way no one has thought of."

Annual Support Staff Recognition Award

Presented at the Celebration of Service, November 27th, 2015, Myer Horowitz Theatre

Jamie Boisvenue, Research Technician, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

"He is contributing to a positive culture in the department as he is getting more people to learn more about what each person does and this is creating a greater understanding of how the department operates as a whole." 

"Jamie is an integral part of the success and day-to-day functioning of my lab, and his enthusiasm for working at the University of Alberta as a whole is a large factor in that."

"Our lab is a very busy and complex enterprise and Jamie has added a great deal to our environment by organizing events to bring our staff and those in other labs together to socialize and develop good working relationships."

Bobbie McDonald-Nabseth, Operations Supervisor, HSLAS, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

"Her positive attitude remains consistent throughout all hardships, her goals are always in focus, and she continues to raise the bar for everyone so we all continue to challenge and better ourselves."

"Bobbie is always aware of how people are doing and can sense when something isn't quite right." 

"...I have had the opportunity to work with Bobbie and have come to depend on her as a guide and valuable resource to support our research."

Excellence in Leadership

Presented at Celebrate! September 23, 2015, Myer Horowitz Theatre

Dr. Margitta Dziwenka, HSLAS

" the past two years, she has solidified our leadership team and brought us forward as a collaborative/creative group with a focus on establishing a positive, safe workplace.  Margitta is continually seeking ways to bring the resources of the greater University to support our department, often leading the charge and new ways of thinking.   Margitta fosters a supportive and collegial team environment by ensuring that everyone on the leadership team has a voice...highly encouraged to speak up and express our thoughts....  She is clearly an outstanding professional, mentor and colleague.  Margitta is an innovative, exceptional leader."

Dr. John Greer, Neuroscience and Mental Health Centre/Physiology

"Dr. Greer is an excellent example of a true leader: his engaging and forward-thinking vision inspired and engaged us all to create an even more successful enterprise that showcased neuroscience research and training....A man of great integrity and passion, his lead by example attitude fostered a culture of respect and collegiality across the board, from senior administration, to faculty, all the way down to trainees, both graduate and undergraduate.  Dr. Greer is truly an outstanding mentor who genuinely cares about his people's development and happiness."

2014 Recognition Award Recipients

Annual Support Staff Recognition Award

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 28th, 2014 Myer Horowitz Theatre

Linda Jacklin, Physics

" being effective, knowledgeable, cheerful, kind and respectful, committed to her work, Linda strongly contributes to a positive culture within our department, and we are lucky to have her….No job is too small or too big for Linda to tackle and she welcomes guidance with a can-do professional attitude….Regardless of whether it's a student, faculty member, or other non-academic staff, and no matter how busy she is, Linda is always willing to help, always has the answers, and will share a laugh as well….Linda absolutely personifies everything I could think of in terms of an absolutely outstanding support staff member."

Janey Kennedy,
Community Service Learning, Interdisciplinary Studies

"...Janey ranks above even excellent colleagues because she is genuinely concerned about the general well-being, progress and success of our students, other staff members and faculty -- and she takes concrete steps to contribute to our well-being as well as to our ability to do our jobs. Endless energy, knowledge and joy, she radiates good will and efficiency, she is thoughtful and intelligent…She is innovative and enthusiastic, easy to approach and work with, her team work is outstanding and she continually contributes to a healthy work environment for everyone….She is gracious and generous with her time no matter how busy, she always has time to hear my concerns and actively help me, always with a smile and earnest concern."

Annual APO Recognition Award

Jennifer McPhee, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

"She is the heart of this unit, and has never failed to lend a thoughtful ear, a helping hand, or a caring shoulder, and seemed to have the knack for knowing exactly what was needed  every time….Jennifer not only exhibits a consistently high level of performance, but she also encourages it in other by supporting their efforts and innovations…..She maintains a delicate balance between work and life activities, and learns enough about the lives of others for them to feel as though they are cared for and valued…Jennifer has been instrumental in many ideas moving from the conception to action stage, simply because of the belief that she instills in others, her willingness to be a sounding-board, and her ability to identify and foster the unique capabilities and strengths in those she works with."

Julie Naylor, Faculty of Science

"...what makes Julie deserving of recognition is her great sense of "responsibility to her position," that keeps her energized and engaged beyond what might be expected in her role……Julie's passion for her work is truly contagious and she works hard to ensure that our Faculty is always operating at its fullest…..For many of us looking for a good work-play balance it is empowering to work for a woman like Julie…..Julie seems to understand better than most the need to establish, nurture and grow….Julie Naylor is a fantastic supervisor, mentor, team player and cheer leader for the Faculty of Science."

Annual Librarian Recognition Award

Sarah Polkinghorne, Libraries

"Her Friendly and professional manner, tactful nature and high level of commitment to our team has allowed us to reach our goals, aim higher and succeed….There is no doubt in our minds that Sarah is a shining example of what a Librarian at the University of Alberta should strive to be….Her can do attitude is contagious and it really is a wonderful thing when she is part of one's team….She has proven to be a just sounding board and ensures that all team members' thoughts are heard and that we each have a valuable role to play."

Excellence in Leadership Award

Presented at Celebrate! September 25th, 2014 Myer Horowitz Theatre

Donna Nordstrom, Human Resource Services


2013 Recognition Award Recipients

Annual Support Staff Recognition Award

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 28th, 2014 Myer Horowitz Theatre

Megan Airmet, Centre for Neuroscience

"Megan is, in many way, the glue that holds the Centre together….Megan always gives her best, regardless of whether we're undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, of faculty….Her willingness to listen and advocate has been phenomenal, and reflects her interpersonal skills and great generosity of time….In addition to being more than helpful, she was always cheerful and is a testament to Megan's steady and proactive hand at the wheel that our program is so successful….She truly is a champion of both our students and the Centre and we would be so much less without her." 

Annual APO Recognition Award

Kevin Moffitt, Technology Training Centre

"In all my dealings with Kevin, I have found him to be supportive, helpful and encouraging…He is very enthusiastic about giving staff and students the tool set they need to succeed in their jobs or learning.  His enthusiasm is evident in the classroom.....Kevin understands what a privilege and rarity it is to work with so many talented people that he volunteers his time making his community a better place to live….He focuses on the staff member rather than the task, he asks rather than tells, and provides good feedback...he inherently understands that that by sharing openly and willing leads to a positive atmosphere where all members are valued…Kevin shines as an ambassador for the University....."

2012 Recognition award Recipients

Presented at the Celebration of Service, November 5th, 2012 Myer Horowitz Theatre

Annual Support Staff Recognition Award

Daniel Kwok, Dentistry

"....Daniel demonstrates leadership qualities beyond expectation.......Daniel treats staff and faculty like they are his own family. No matter how complex the task....he always has a smile.  It is a joy to with him as he always brings his "best" to work….He provides and demonstrates all of the qualities of leadership with a quiet presence and without the expectation of personal gain."

Joyce Maycher, Educational Psychology

"She is one of the most caring people I have been blessed to work with…Truly a woman of strong character and ethics who supports the University in innumerable ways…She has been a positive force and is continuously encouraging others to learn and grow in many aspects of their work and personal lives….It is this kindness that proves over and over again that her love of people and enthusiasm help define and create a close department."

Alexia Palau, Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

"...her dedication to her role inspires us to do more than what is expected of us..... is a true example of the type of person who knows how to ensure that the team will succeed by going the extra mile, and putting in the extra time needed to get things done….Not only does Alexia exceed high standards of work in her regular job duties, she actively seeks out opportunities to further her development and expand her range of always one to appreciate the work of others, to celebrate achievements - both work and more broadly."

Annual APO Recognition Award

Kerri Calvert, Research Services Office

"...She epitomizes the positivity, performance, innovation and enthusiasm that is required if a manager and leader...She cares deeply about her community, and it shows in all that she does….She works well beyond the call of duty and is deeply invested in the success of all those whose initiatives she touches….She continued to share her vast knowledge about research administration well as her great sense of humour - about work, deadlines and life in general."

Sandra Campbell, Libraries

"She is always looking for ways to promote her colleagues' work, while remaining extremely modest about her own accomplishments....her broad knowledge, expertise, and dedication to service is renowned and respected across the university…Sandy's approach to every project is professional, collegial and collaborative, which is why she is a great ambassador for the University…All of our librarians have more experience and better opportunities because of Sandy's focus on collaboration."

2011 Recognition Award Recipients

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 24th, 2011 Myer Horowitz Theatre

Annual Support Staff Recognition Award

Chris Fukushima, Ancillary Services

David Waege, Mechanical Engineering

Annual APO Recognition Award

Greg Parks, HSLAS

Barbara Sonnenberg, Medicine

George Thomlison, Facilities & Operations

Annual Librarian Recognition Award

Linda Seale, Libraries


President's Achievement Awards

Presented September 16th, 2011 at Celebrate!, Myer Horowitz Theatre

Overall Award ~ Science 100

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Excellence in Learning Support Awards

Presented September 16th, 2011 at Celebrate!, Myer Horowitz Theatre

Maria Borges - Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Melissa Casey - Faculty of Arts

Jennifer Eigerd - Faculty of Education

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2010 Recognition Award Recipients

Annual Support Staff Awards

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 15th, 2010

Pak Chow, Renewable Resources

What makes Pak special are his personal characteristics that stimulate professional but cooperative behaviour in his labs....Pak’s willingness to go the extra mile and his innovative thinking make him a pivotal player....Even when things do not work out as hoped, Pak is able to find some wry humor in the outcome....I am not sure ‘humility’ is the correct work; maybe it is just some inner peace. He is always content....

Staff Spotlight 

Delphi Kozmeniuk, Ancillary Services

I have never questioned that she not only loves her job but also loves working with the students....The positive energy she brings can be felt in the fun, positive and welcoming work environment….Delphi always puts others first, whether it is her staff or a student....Delphi puts trust and faith in her staff; she is a great leader….

Staff Spotlight 

Marcel Munroe, Chemistry

Immediately upon joining the department Marcel began making it a better place to be....He has the unwavering ability to stay positive in the midst of a problem….Marcel has been a catalyst for a healthier, happier department….His enthusiasm is contagious; every workplace needs someone like Marcel.

Staff Spotlight 

Judith Odhuno-Were, Registrar and Student awards

Judith finds the good in every situation; this is how she views life in general….Judith excels at putting everyone at ease instantly; there is always laughter involved....Each student that encounters Judith leaves satisfied and happy…..Her pride in working at the U is reflected in how much passion and dedication she illustrates on a daily basis.

Staff Spotlight 

Administrative Professional Officer (APO) Recognition Award 2010

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 15th, 2010

Trevor Buckle, Faculty of Arts

Trevor’s work and attitude are absolutely phenomenal; he makes it look effortless!....He is funny, happy, supportive and optimistic; his enthusiasm for life and for his work is infectious....Trevor is the epitome of a team player and a valued mentor….Trevor always represents the University with charm, confidence, dignity and precision.

Recognition Award article 

Mary Paul, Office of the Vice-President (Facilities & Operations)

Mary brings people together to help them achieve success....She brings an attitude of calm, respect and care….Her interactions on a daily basis are what truly benefit the environment she works in....Mary is a pleasure to work with; a colleague of character and substance.

Recognition Award article 

Annual Librarian Recognition Award 2010

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 15th, 2010

Marlene Dorgan, Libraries

It is Marlene’s genuine personal concern that makes people feel valued....Not only is Marlene a gifted leader, she is a valued team member….Marlene has been an excellent role model for the new librarians on staff....Her knowledge, interest and commitment demonstrate the qualities that contribute to the University’s success.

Recognition Award article 

Excellence in Learning Support Awards

Presented September 24th, 2010 at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning

Joan Schiebelbein, Career and Placement Services

Lorraine Woollard, Community Service-Learning

Mathieu Trepanier, Campus Saint-Jean

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2009 Recognition Award Recipients

Annual Support Staff Awards

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 24th, 2009

Bonnie Gallinger, Libraries

Bonnie brings a high level of engagement to her work..........understands the need to share her specialist knowledge for the purposes of enhancing education.............she exceeds position expectations and takes a personal interest in going 'the extra mile'

Staff Spotlight 

Charlene Hill, Economics

She is the perfect "role model" .....Charlene is a joy to work with: she is always upbeat, has an excellent sense of humour and is attentive to and understanding of the needs of others....has a knack of, no matter how busy she is...making you feel that little questions that you ask her are deserving of her time and attention. 

Staff Spotlight

Administrative Professional Officer (APO) Recognition Award 2009

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 24th, 2009

Stan Szynkowski, Art & Design

His contributions are instrumental to all of the workings of our department… ....exceptionally pleasant individual who takes a sincere interest in co-workers, colleagues and students alike. He takes exceptional pride in his work, makes an excellent impression on others reflecting very well on the University......... 

Recognition Award article   

President's Achievement Awards

Presented November 6th, 2010 – President’s Residence

Overall Award ~ There’s A Heifer in Your Tank

There’s A Heifer in Your Tank (HIYT) program was selected as the recipient of the 2009 President's Achievement Award for Overall Achievement in support of Dare to Discover. The program focus is on educating university students about agriculture through inquiry and creating agricultural awareness in the broader community. Over the past few years this venture has grown to include many creative, engaging and community building opportunities which were very well profiled in the nomination.

In reviewing submissions, the selection committee recognized the success of the HIYT program in developing an innovative, energetic and interactive teaching and learning experience that engages people of all ages not only within the University community but also in the community at large. The team’s well-rounded submission spoke to significant accomplishments under each of our cornerstones and provides an excellent example of how powerful the education process can be when passion and creativity flow endlessly.

Folio Article   

Connecting Communities ~ Certificate in Aboriginal Governance & Partnership

The 2009 award for Connecting Communities was presented to the Faculty of Native Studies in recognition of the Certificate in Aboriginal Governance & Partnership program.  The success of the program in engaging students, alumni, government, the City of Edmonton, various Aboriginal organizations and countless other stakeholders in the research and subsequent development of the program was clearly evident in the team submission. The program is outcome based and available to all students in an undergraduate degree program.

The program was formally approved by the University in April 2008, and at all stages from conception through to development and implementation, the consultative approach of the team has been evident. This provides a solid model for Connecting Communities. The many letters from public and private sector organizations accompanying the submission speak volumes about the impact this program had already had, and bodes well for continued success in the future.

Folio Article  

Excellence in Learning Support Awards

Presented September 25th, at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning  

Nancy Goebel – Augustana Campus

Christian Tremblay – Residence Services

2008 Recognition Award Recipients

Annual Support Staff Awards

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 18, 2008

Donna Fong, Population Research Lab/Sociology

... incredibly devoted, reliable and professional.....very welcoming and accommodating. For Donna it is paramount clients receive the highest quality of work

Karen Romanyk, Biological Sciences

Karen is the epitome of a positive influence.......she performs her duties with nothing less than exceptional service ...consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty for everyone she interacts with.

Gerald Streefkerk, Chemistry

...warm and approachable...has a genuine passion for glass blowing .....goes the extra mile to ensure his colleagues feel valued and appreciated. 

Wanda Walker, Dentistry

.....She always arrives for work with both a smile and a plan. .....brings the best of herself to work everyday .... staff are encouraged to develop themselves to their utmost potential 

APO, FSO and Librarian Award

Presented at the Celebration of Service November 18th, 2008

Jeanette Buckingham, Libraries

...passion and enthusiasm for her work...her contribution to research teams is invaluable ...wonderful example of knowledge transfer and experience in action

Robin Cowan, Faculty of Arts

...unflappable, friendly and completely infectious model of excellence ...extraordinary facilitator for success ...she is the very centre of our claim to excellence

Hugh Warren, Engineering & Infrastructure

...cares about the mark he will leave on the University ...leads by example and seeks opportunities for staff to succeed effectively, motivates and holds people in the highest regard

Excellence in Leadership

Presented January 21, 2009 at the Joint Meeting of the Deans' Council and Chairs' Council

Dr. Al Cook, Faculty of Rehabilitative Medicine

Dr. Cook’s nominators describe him as a leader who is informed, thoughtful and fair whose innovation, creativity, vision and proactive leadership has made an indelible impact on the Faculty.  Dr. Cook is a genuine, sincere person with a tremendous sense of integrity, whose skills of relationship building have been a hallmark of his 13 years as Dean. 

Dr. Tom Marrie, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Equanimity, courage and a sense of purpose are the hallmarks of Dr. Marrie’s exemplary leadership over the past four years as Dean.  Dr. Marrie’s nominators spoke of a leader who is a visionary and who is consultative, accessible and transparent in his decision making. The nomination also spoke of his great creativity, innovation and resourcefulness.

Dr. Erasmus Okine, Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science

A man of character who is passionate in his beliefs and a great humanitarian is how Dr. Okine leads by example in his department.  Quoting from the nomination, “giving respect, teaching respect, mentoring, and understanding that “family plays an important role in the workplace” are a few of his qualities that make him such a great leader. 

Excellence in Learning Support

Presented at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Awards September 26th, 2008

Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop, Mechanical Engineering Details on the award recipients can be found on-line:

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President's Achievement Awards

Presented September 29th, at the General Faculties Council meeting;

Overall Award ~ Perinatal Research Centre

This award is being presented to the Perinatal Research Centre in recognition that the PRC is a role model for interdisciplinary team research and a strong partner within the University of Alberta and broader community. The PRC was one of the first interdisciplinary research teams at the University. Since its inception, the PRC has been a joint venture between the Faculties of Medicine & Dentistry, Nursing and Rehabilitation Medicine. More recently, the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences has also become involved, and the PRC has established partnerships with Capital Health, provincial agencies and other regional and international universities. The PRC has mastered the art of bringing together talented people, establishing innovative and practical training venues, and supporting collaboration in research at the earliest stages. The PRC’s activities ground its members, trainees and its public in the common purpose of understanding why studying and improving human development is vital to our society’s long term wellbeing, and this powerful synergy will certainly help propel the University forward as we strive to be one of the top 20 public universities.  

Transformative Organization & Support ~ The Writing Task Force

This award is presented to the Writing Task Force for their commitment to providing a transformative experience for our students, one that creates a writing environment within the larger University community to help students evolve as writers during their studies. Constituted in September 2005 by the Provost and the Dean of Arts, the Task Force had the mandate to complete a thorough assessment of writing instruction and writing competencies at the University of Alberta. They developed a bold vision for building a writing rich culture and recommended the simultaneous development of three equally important structures for supporting writing across the University. In implementing this vision, we become an model nationally and internationally, of an innovative approach to writing instruction and support. The development of Writing Studies courses at the 100-level and beyond, of writing intensive courses in every Faculty and department, and of individual coaching services at the Centre for Writers will prove invaluable for both academic and life long learning.

Learning, Discovery and Citizenship ~ The Diversity Institute

This award is being presented in recognition of the Diversity Institutes ability to engage students in issues of diversity, with the end goal of helping students become more ethnically responsible global citizens. Over the four years of the Diversity Institute’s existence, more than 220 undergraduate students have engaged in a range of reflective pedagogical activities to prepare them to teach more effectively in the increasingly diverse contexts of contemporary school classrooms. One of the keys to the success of the Institute has been the ability of individual members to bring their expertise and specific research interests to the group while also carefully balancing these with the broader goals of diversity education. Their work exemplifies the type of research effort that will build capacity for improving educational outcomes for Alberta students and enables all members of the Institute to grow in their awareness and understanding of the complexities of diversity in teacher education. 

More about the recipients can be found on-line:

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