Events and Opportunities

Throughout the year, U of G recognizes and shows appreciation for faculty and staff in a variety of ways. Below are a few examples of annual events and opportunities for employees. As the events are scheduled, we will provide relevant information and links.

Annual GREAT at U of G Dates

  • International Thank-You Day: January 11th

  • Employee Appreciation Day: On Friday, March 1, 2024, GREAT at U of G Presents: Employee Appreciation Day Celebrations. View the event page for details and the registration link for the March 1st event!

  • World Gratitude Day: September 21st 

  • World Kindness Day: November 13th 

  • Visit the new GREAT at U of G SharePoint site to access programs and resources.

Informal Campus Community Events 

  • Community Breakfast: Each September, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the start of another school year with the President.  Employees are invited to connect as a community as we celebrate the start of the academic year together

  • Community BBQ for Faculty and Staff: Typically, in April, employees are invited to an event to celebrate the end of the academic year.

  • Coffee with the President: Occasionally throughout the year, events like Coffee with the President are offered to employees as an opportunity to connect with others from across U of G.





Each month, wellness calendars are shared with free wellness events and opportunities for all U of G employees.  View the Wellness@Work website to view upcoming events and register.

  • Healthy Workplace Month: Each October, Wellness@Work hosts Healthy Workplace Month for all employees. Dozens of free wellness-related activities are available to employees and shared on a Healthy Workplace Month calendar. View the web page for the latest information each year.
  • Be Well, Be Safe Week: Each May, U of G celebrates Be Well, Be Safe Week in recognition of National Mental Health Week and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. View the Be Well, Be Safe Week web page for the latest information each year.

Formal Awards and Recognition

The University of Guelph celebrates its faculty and staff through formal recognition programs such as the Long Term Service Awards and the President's Awards for Exemplary Staff Service.

  • Long Term Service Awards: The University of Guelph acknowledges the commitment and valued contributions of its long term service employees. All employees with 25 years of service and more are invited to attend the 25 Year Club Reception, held annually and hosted by the President.  At this event, employees with 25 Years are formally recognized.  
  • President's Awards for Exemplary Staff ServiceThe Annual President’s Awards for Exemplary Staff Service celebrates employees who have demonstrated outstanding service to the University community and/or who have made extraordinary contributions to the University community beyond what is normally expected in their job. 

Take Our Kids to Work Program

Every year the Upper Grand District School Board, the Wellington Catholic District School Board along with other Ontario school boards co-ordinate a Take Our Kids to Work program whereby Grade 9 students accompany their parent to work and observe them in their daily role as an employee.