Exemplary Staff Honoured at Community Breakfast

September 02, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

Ten 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.

In addition, the recipients of three awards presented by the U of G Alumni Association,United Steelworkers Local 4120 and the Council on Undergraduate Academic Advising were also recognized. The awards honour community volunteerism and dedication to the betterment of the University.

Exemplary Staff Service Award winners are:

Anna Gallina — Community Service
Gallina, an administrative assistant in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, was recognized for her involvement with the University’s Learn to Run program, the Guelph Track and Field Special Olympics, the United Way and OAC's Safety Committee. She has also been involved in planning numerous school and campus events.

Adrianne Mead — Spirit Award
Mead, the residence admission manager in Student Housing, helps promote and develop the University’s “Better U” program as a leader and running coach. She was recognized for being a natural leader, for her ability to motivate others and her participation in extracurricular and campus activities.

Peter Wolf — Innovative Leadership Award
Wolf, associate director, Teaching Support Services, was recognized for being a proponent of educational development and reform. He has been instrumental in improving the educational experience at U of G, providing consultative services and becoming a trusted guide and leader to faculty, staff and students.

Linda Georges — Service Excellence Award
Georges, a program administrator in women’s studies, has been involved in women's studies since she was a student. She was recognized for her honest and direct dealings with students, her problem-solving skills and her involvement in creating Footnotes, U of G's undergraduate feminist journal.

Larry Fraser — Hidden Hero Award
A building mechanic lead hand in Physical Resources, Fraser was honoured for his problem-solving skills, knowledge of campus machinery, friendly nature and helpful attitude. A U of G employee for 30 years, he manages the Physical Resources maintenance team.

Jean Bagg — Hidden Hero Award
Bagg, a financial clerk in the Department of Pathobiology, was described as the "glue" of her department. A U of G employee for more than 30 years, she was recognized for her support of faculty, staff and students and for her contributions to her department and to the University.

Lisa Huiskamp, Erin Mancini, Carole Shirley and Nicole Williston — Exemplary Team Recognition Award
As colleagues in Co-operative Education and Career Services, they were recognized for consistently delivering a high level of service to employers, students and staff. They are known for working tirelessly to find creative and effective solutions to problems.

Other award recipients are:

Toni Pellizzari — U of G Alumni Association Employee Volunteer Award
Pellizzari, executive secretary to the CBS dean, was recognized for her work with the United Way. The award recognizes staff who have given selflessly of their time and energy through volunteer work with students, faculty or alumni of the University.

Angie Trivett — Susanne Sprowl Community Service Award.
Trivett, a secretary in the Department of Plant Agriculture, received the award named for the late Susanne Sprowl. Presented by United Steelworkers Local 4120, it recognizes significant contributions to the betterment of the University and the external community through community spirit and volunteer work.

Stephen Lynch — Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Medallion
Lynch, a faculty member and interim director of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was honoured for his outstanding contribution to undergraduate academic advising at U of G.

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