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Frequently Asked Questions

What does each award recognize?
When is the deadline for nominations?
What are the conditions of nomination?
Do nominations carry over from previous years?
What is the selection process?
How are nominees notified if they win an award?
What should be included in a nomination package?
Who do I contact if I require further information?
What is the history of the Distinguished Alumni Award
Why can’t I save a nomination form I completed?

What does each award recognize?

Distinguished Alumni Award, Lifetime Achievement

The University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement recognizes graduates who are distinguished in their career and in their contributions to society.

Nominees must demonstrate a lifetime of:

  • sustained achievement in their life’s work
  • outstanding contributions which have had a transformative impact within their community
  • service to the University of Manitoba

Distinguished Alumni Award, Professional Achievement

The University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement recognizes graduates who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in their field of endeavour.

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • a standard of professional excellence to which others can aspire
  • leadership in his/her profession
  • outstanding achievements recognized by the nominee’s professional community

Distinguished Alumni Award, Community Service

The University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service recognizes graduates who have significantly contributed to their community at home or abroad, which has made a difference to the well-being of others.

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • efforts impacting their community, particularly through volunteer activity
  • work which engages and inspires others in the community
  • community service separate from their professional role

Distinguished Alumni Award, Service to the University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to the University of Manitoba recognizes graduates who have demonstrated superior leadership and service to the University of Manitoba.

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • leadership or exceptional service to the University of Manitoba
  • contributions that enhance University of Manitoba’s engagement with its alumni, student body or the broader community
  • participation in activities that have contributed to the reputation and overall strength of the University of Manitoba

Distinguished Alumni Award, Outstanding Young Alumni

The University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Young Alumni recognizes graduates who are 35 or under at the close of nominations.

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • inspiring achievements in their field of endeavour
  • contributions which have had a transformative impact on their community
  • service to the University of Manitoba

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When is the deadline for nominations?

NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 20I5
To submit a nomination, please save and fill in the form electronically. Email the completed form to alumni@umanitoba.ca.

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What are the conditions of nomination?

  • Nominees must be graduates of the University of Manitoba in a recognized degree, diploma or certificate program
  • Nominees must be in good standing in the community who have not engaged in activities that could bring to dishonour to the University of Manitoba
  • Nominations must be submitted according to the guidelines presented in that year
  • An individual may receive an award in more than one category during their lifetime, but may be honoured in only one category each year
  • Nominations can be made by University of Manitoba alumni, staff, faculty, students or a member of the public
  • Nominators must contact the individual prior to submitting their nomination package to confirm the following:
    • The individual agrees to be nominated
    • The nominee understands that their selection is contingent on being available to attend the Celebration of Excellence to accept the award in person
  • All nominations will be treated as confidential
  • Nominations received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Alumni may not nominate themselves
  • Nominations can include current or past University of Manitoba staff members, but they must be recognized for work beyond their job description
  • The following alumni are not eligible to receive an Alumni Award:
    • Alumni who currently hold political office at a local, provincial/state, or national level
    • Nominations of External Relations staff (Donor Relations, Alumni Relations, Government and Community Engagement, Marketing Communications Office)
    • Members of the selection committee
    • Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors
    • Members of the University of Manitoba Board of Governors
    • University of Manitoba honorary degree recipients as this represents the highest honour bestowed by the University of Manitoba

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Do nominations carry over from previous years?

  • Nominations received in the previous year will automatically be moved forward to the next year for consideration
  • The nominee is not advised of their renomination

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What is the selection process?

A selection panel will invite and select nominations. Nominations will be closed on a date determined by the Alumni Relations staff and agreed upon by the Alumni Association in accordance with the date determined for the awards gala event.

The Selection Panel:

5.1 Selection panel membership

    • The Alumni Achievement Committee in collaboration with the University of Manitoba is responsible for establishing a selection panel
    • The selection panel will include:
      • Voting Members
      • The Chair of the Selection Panel
      • Four previously selected Distinguished Alumni Award or Honorary Degree recipients
    • Non-Voting Members
      • The Vice-President, External or designate
      • Director of Alumni Relations or designate

5.2 The role of the selection panel

The selection panel will review nominations for the Alumni Awards against the established criteria. The panel will recommend to the President of the University of Manitoba the proposed recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

5.3 The role of the Vice-President, External

The Vice-President, External will serve as a non-voting member in an advisory capacity.

5.4 The role of the Director of Alumni Relations

The Director of Alumni Relations will fulfill the administrative duties of this committee but will not have a vote in the selection process. The Director will confirm recipients list with the University of Manitoba President’s Office before the decision is finalized.

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How are nominees notified if they win an award?

The Chair of the Selection Panel will be responsible for contacting the recipients and inviting them to accept their award. It is essential that selected nominees attend the awards ceremony. Once the recipients have accepted the award, the Alumni Relations Office will contact all of the nominators to share the outcome of the selection process.

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What should be included in a nomination package?

Your nomination package should include the following:

  • One completed nomination form
  • One page biographical summary of nominee
  • Two letters of reference (from other than nominator – typed, 8.5 x 11)
  • Additional supporting materials if necessary (Supporting material, no more than eight pages, can include nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (CV), listing of other awards received, media clippings, etc.)

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Who do I contact if I require further information?

For more information, contact:

Lachelle Buchanan
Alumni Relations, University of Manitoba
200-137 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 6B6
Phone 204-474-7881
Toll-Free in Canada 1-800-668-4908
Fax 204-474-7531
Email: lachelle.buchanan@umanitoba.ca

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What is the history of the Distinguished Alumni Award?

The Alumni Association and the University have a long history of celebrating the wonderful accomplishments of alumni.

In 1937, the Alumni Association established the Alumni Jubilee Award to commemorate the University’s 60th Anniversary and to honour a student, from any faculty, for outstanding extracurricular contributions. The Jubilee Award was redesigned and reintroduced in 1959 to honour an alumnus/alumna whose contributions to society were outstanding; it was renamed the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) in 1996.

In 2012, the Alumni Association, together with the University of Manitoba, recognized the importance of expanding the awards program to acknowledge more than one graduate per year. As a result, in 2014, five awards were presented, including the DAA.

Why can’t I save a nomination form I completed?

In order to fill out and save a nomination form, you must use the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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