Exemplary Staff Lauded at Community Breakfast

September 05, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

Ten University of Guelph employees received President’s Awards for Exemplary Staff Service at the ninth annual community breakfast on Sept. 5.

Created in 2003, the awards program recognizes U of G staff members who have demonstrated consistent commitment to excellence and exceeded their expected responsibilities.

Also recognized were staff members with 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service at the University.

The Excellence in Academic Advising Medallion was presented to Jerome Chang, bachelor of arts and sciences program counsellor.

Award of Excellence in Health and Safety

Mary Fowler, manager of campus animal facilities at U of G, was recognized for her leadership and exceptional commitment to safety and service in a potentially hazardous area on campus. She is known for being forthcoming with information and concerns and for her compassionate support of staff.

Community Service Award
Premila Sathasivam, laboratory supervisor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, is known as “the ultimate volunteer.” Among other things, she is an active volunteer for the University’s United Way campaign and has supported tsunami relief in Sri Lanka. She was also recognized for her work as co-ordinator of the University’s human anatomy lab.

Hidden Hero Recognition Award (tie)
Barb Mitterer, an administrative assistant in the Department of History, was honoured as the department’s “cornerstone” and its longest serving member. Mitterer is known as a problem-solver, an expert on University procedures and structures, and a welcoming presence for faculty and students.

Mary Ellen Clark, a technician in the Department of Pathobiology, was recognized for her impact on graduate students and research programs. She takes on tasks outside of her department, works tactfully and politely, and brings an understanding, reassuring approach to her work.

Innovative Leadership Recognition Award
Jason Moreton, assistant vice-president (alumni advancement), is credited with transforming the University of Guelph Alumni Association. He was recognized for his vision, enthusiasm and creativity, and for strengthening the relationship between UGAA and staff in Alumni Affairs and Development.

Exemplary Team Recognition Award

Angelina Candotti, Marie-Christine Forges and Joanne Scheuer of the School of Languages and Literatures were recognized for creating a family-like atmosphere in their school. They have supported faculty and sessionals, students and others, and have demonstrated commitment to the International Internship Program.

Service Excellence Award
Jane Miller of the Office of Counselling and Disability Services is known for making personal and compassionate support a priority. She was honoured for performing her job with sensitivity, tact and professionalism, and for motivating and inspiring others through her commitment.

University of Guelph Spirit Award
Kim Best, departmental and undergraduate secretary in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was honoured for extraordinary contributions to the University’s United Way campaign. Known as one of the most active volunteers on campus, she was recognized for her energy, spirit and enthusiasm.

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