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Recognize outstanding COVID-19 response by nominating support staff for the 2021 Awards of Excellence

Nominations close April 30

April 5, 2021 — 

It’s been a year of many changes, challenges, opportunities and triumphs as we pushed ourselves to effectively pivot to the “new normal” created by the worldwide pandemic.

“Normally at this time of year we hold the nomination process for our annual Awards of Excellence program,” notes Darlene Smith, associate vice-president, human resources.

“In recognition of this truly extraordinary year, we have decided to do something a little a different with the program. Rather than using our traditional awards criteria, this year our focus will be on recognizing excellence in our COVID-19 response—those support staff who helped to bring out the very best in the University of Manitoba during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Support staff employees to be honoured with these awards will demonstrated extraordinary efforts to maintain critical operations, to assist faculty and students in transitioning to online classes, to support critical research or facilitate the shut-down and restart of research activities, and to ensure the safety and well-being of others—all accomplished with emphasis on effectively supporting the academic mission of UM during the pandemic.

If you know of a support staff employee or team of employees who have shown innovation and persistence to facilitate learning, maintain business operations, and/or ensure that students and employees in need or transition received support.

“Please help the University of Manitoba recognize and thank these staff members who have risen to the challenge of these unprecedented times in extraordinary ways,” says Smith.

Recognize staff for their outstanding contributions

Nomination and selection process

Nominations will be accepted until April 30. Nominators can download the nomination form directly on the 2021 Awards of Excellence website.

The selection committee will review the nominations and select the top three nominations for consideration by the President for the President’s Award. The President will select one individual or team to receive the prestigious award.

All nominees will be recognized on an online recognition platform, highlighting their achievements. The award recipient(s) will be announced mid-June.


Nominations are due April 30. For more information about the awards and the nomination process, visit the Awards of Excellence website.

Questions about the program can be directed to awardsofexcellence [at] umanitoba [dot] ca


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