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‘Great work, dedication and passion’ recognized by Awards of Excellence

Seven individuals, two teams celebrated at reception

July 12, 2019 — 

During his opening remarks at the 13th annual Awards of Excellence reception on June 27, President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard noted how we learn to be leaders, as something we can all grow into.

“With clarity of purpose and a sense of mission,” he added, “we can continue to develop these capabilities throughout our lives, deepening our understanding of what leadership can be.”

Seven individuals and two teams have embodied this sense of leadership and learning described by President Barnard, and have been formally recognized by senior leadership and the U of M community through the annual Awards of Excellence.  The recognition program was created to celebrate the wide-range of accomplishments of support staff at the university.

Each year members of the university are given the opportunity to nominate individuals and teams whose efforts go above and beyond. This year’s selection committee received 25 nominations, documenting the successes of over 40 support staff.

“It is wonderful to see that recognition continues to play such an important role in our culture,” said Lynn Zapshala-Kelln, Vice-President (Administration).

“The great work, dedication and passion demonstrated in an environment that is constantly and rapidly evolving are integral to the university’s progress and success. We thank you for your contributions to enhancing the university,” she said.


Outstanding individual presented with distinguished President’s Award

This year, Natasha Hollett was presented the President’s Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership within the department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. The award is given out at the President’s discretion. 

President Barnard noted Hollett’s unique perspective, enthusiasm, confidence and leadership skills have inspired not only her academic colleagues but also PhD students from the U of M and three international sites in Colombia, India and Kenya.

She was recognized for driving discovery and insight through excellence in high quality, innovative research and increasing education and training opportunities for graduate students across the globe, noted Barnard.

In accepting the award, Hollett remarked how honoured she was to be chosen.

“I love my job, and everyday I try to do it well. It feels amazing to have your efforts recognized.”



A list of the 2019 Award of Excellence recipients can be found on the learning and organizational development website.




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