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September 08, 2005

U of G Recognizes Five Exemplary Staff Members

An assistant registrar, a technician, an IT supervisor and two directors each received the University of Guelph’s President’s Awards for Exemplary Staff Service at today's annual community breakfast.

The awards program was initiated to recognize U of G staff who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence and exceeded the expectations of their normal employment responsibilities.

Individuals honoured were Sharon Anthony, Office of Registrarial Services; Denna Benn, director of Animal Care Services; Premila Sathasivam, a technician in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences; Paulette Samson, director of OAC advancement; and Patrick Scissons, information technology department supervisor at Kemptville College.

The award recipients were chosen from nominations submitted by colleagues. The selection committee had representatives from alumni, Board of Governors, college deans, department chairs, students and staff.

“I am extremely pleased that staff took time out of their busy schedules to nominate their colleagues,” said president Alastair Summerlee following the presentation. "It's truly rewarding to see the amazing variety of people who received honours and their unique contributions to our community."

Anthony, who has completed 33 years of service with U of G, was nominated for excellence in the provision of service to faculty, staff, students and alumni, for her positive attitude and for enhancing the reputation of the university.

Benn was recognized for her strong leadership in the areas of environmental enrichment and the welfare of laboratory animals. Known nationally and internationally for her work, she is described by one nominator as "a colourful, committed and energetic educator."

Sathasivam was nominated for excellence in providing teaching support, general and specific research support and service to her department. She's also been involved in a number of charity activities including raising donations of clothing and money for the tsunami relief effort.

With more than 30 years of service, Samson was nominated for building an "extraordinary" network of strong relationships with alumni, donors and faculty, and for being a mentor and role model to her colleagues.

Scissons was nominated for establishing and maintaining the college's computer network system and being an approachable and knowledgeable troubleshooter. The award also recognized his efforts to enhance the quality of life for Kemptville staff, faculty, students and retirees.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rebecca Kendall, Ext. 56982.

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