Exemplary Staff Honoured at Community Breakfast

September 06, 2007 - Campus Bulletin

Fifteen outstanding U of G employees were named recipients of the President's Awards for Exemplary Staff Service in front of more than 1,000 people who attended today's annual community breakfast.

President Alastair Summerlee presented the awards, which recognize staff members who have had a lasting impression on their colleagues by consistently demonstrating a commitment to excellence and exceeding the expectations of their normal job responsibilities.

Recipients are:

Petra Schennach — Innovative Leadership Recognition Award
Schennach, senior continuing education manager of program development in the Office of Open Learning, was recognized by her colleagues for her innovative thinking and successful efforts to expand the visibility and reach of the Office of Open Learning by developing new partnerships and strengthening relationships with existing clients. She was cited specifically for her exceptional work on the delivery of learning programs that complemented a number of academic initiatives and community projects, including U of G’s MBA program, the “Shakespeare ― Made in Canada” festival and the “Make Poverty History” conference.

Sandra Good — Service Excellence Recognition Award
Good, administrative assistant in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has worked at U of G for more than 35 years and was recognized as being a key part of the department’s successful move to the new science complex. She is known for her leadership, expertise, dedication and time-management and organizational skills, as well as her pleasant and welcoming disposition.

Donna Wingate — Hidden Hero Award
Wingate, special constable and family housing liaison officer with U of G's Campus Community Police, was nominated for putting a friendly and familiar face behind the uniform and working to foster a sense of community. She has been instrumental in developming community life programs in family housing through her involvement with a number of initiatives, including an anti-bullying campaign, the annual bike rodeo, International Women’s Day celebrations and the Earth Day community cleanup.

Sean Enright — University of Guelph Spirit Award
Enright, manager of the University Bookstore, was recognized for his enthusiasm for his job and his sincere interest and care for those around him. He is knowledgeable and goes out of his way to lend a helping hand and make customers happy. His work ethic and organizational skills are inspiring to those around him, and his commitment to advancing the reputation of the bookstore and the University is second to none.

Jim Hoare — Community Service Award
Hoare, information technology technician in the Department of Plant Agriculture, was nominated for his willingness to always share his time and expertise to make a difference in the lives of others. He is described as someone who “comes to the rescue” of others and is gladly willing to troubleshoot technical computer issues with students, staff and faculty, both during work hours and, at times, during the early hours of the morning. Hoare is also a volunteer master carpenter with Royal City Musical Production Inc. and a founding member and founding chair of the Clairfields Neighbourhood Group, and has been involved with a number of other community initiatives, including the Tim Hortons Earn a Bike Program, the Guelph Trail Club and Guelph’s Big Brothers program.

Agnes Belosic, Deb Hilborn, Angela Hill, Judy Kelly, Jen Kingswell, Beth Livingstone, Angie Trivett, Jean Wolting and Jenny Van de Kamer — Exemplary Team Recognition Award
This group may be spread out across Ontario, but they work together as a cohesive team in the Department of Plant Agriculture. They were nominated for their effective communication, flexibility, co-operation and commitment to their department.

Brent Harwood — Award for Excellence in Health and Safety
Harwood, associate director, facilities and desk service, is responsible for the facility-related work and staff of two family housing operations, U of G’s 24-hour residence and conference desk operations, and the management of residence inventory, equipment and furniture. He is also the departmental liaison with Physical Resources in the management of residential facilities. In his work with Student Housing Services, Harwood, who is co-chair of the University’s Joint Health and Safety Committee, displays an excellent understanding of facility-related issues and has an impeccable understanding of the needs of those around him.

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