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The Vice-President Operations & Real Estate Partnerships (OREP) established the annual Staff Achievement Awards Program in 2015 in order to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of their particular unit, the OREP portfolio, and/or the University. The program provides OREP with an opportunity to thank staff for the valuable work performed throughout the year.

The awards will be presented at the OREP BBQ on August 24 (save the date – details to come!)

This year, and in recognition of the various and varied ways our staff contribute to the success of the portfolio and the institution’s mission and goals, the Selection Committee has decided to “reset” the awards with a new category:

The OREP Impact Award – NEW!

The Impact Award has been designed to recognize individuals or teams who, above and beyond their regular roles and responsibilities, have developed, revised or implemented a system, tool, process, initiative or program, which concluded in the last calendar year, that had a positive impact within their unit or portfolio, or across the University. The new Impact Award replaces the previous Outstanding Individual Employee and Outstanding Staff Team Awards.

To be considered for the award, the nominee must have made an impact in at least one of the following ways:

  • enhanced service delivery;
  • created efficiencies;
  • enhanced productivity;
  • supported sustainability efforts;
  • enhanced the university environment and/or experience; or
  • decreased organizational risks

(Number of awards to be determined annually)

Distinguished Service Award

Presented to an employee with more than 15 years of service at the University who has made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties

(number of awards to be determined annually, no cap)


Any Operations & Real Estate Partnerships employee is eligible to receive these awards. Temporary employees, students, and faculty are not eligible for consideration. Selection of the recipients will be based on the information provided as part of the nomination process.

Nomination Process

The nomination form must be completed and submitted (paper copies are available on request). The Selection Committee will review all nomination submissions. All nomination materials will remain confidential. All nominees must be in good standing at the University and have received satisfactory performance reviews. Nominees must be in an active status when the nominations close.

Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2022


When reviewing nominations, the Selection Committee will look for examples of sustained excellence and strong performance. Consideration will be given to nominees who have made significant contributions and/or possess some or all of the special qualities and attributes as outlined below.

All awards:

  • Shows initiative (offered a novel problem resolution, for example)
  • Innovative (improving work processes, financial efficiencies, etc)
  • Exceptionally service oriented (within the University and, more specifically, the OREP portfolio)
  • Collaborative (within their unit and/or with other units/divisions)
  • Strong work ethic (dependability, commitment)
  • Acts as mentor and coach

Helpful Tips for completing the nomination form:

If you know staff members who meet the eligibility and criteria, please nominate them for an award.

In completing the nomination submission please:

  • Be specific – give examples and the details of what your candidate or team/work group has done that meets the selection criteria. Every candidate will not exhibit all of the award-winning characteristics, but you should show how your candidate has many of them.
  • Avoid general statements such as: “the nominee has a pleasant personality,” “the nominee is a seasoned professional,” or “the nominee is always helpful.”
    • Include as much qualitative and quantitative information as you can about the nominee’s work and contributions on behalf of the unit/OREP.
  • If you are nominating a team or group, be sure to list all members and describe how they work collaboratively and impactfully for the benefit of the unit/OREP/university. The nomination statement should explain the importance of team effort to the group’s overall success.

DEADLINE for nominations is Friday, May 20, 2022

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