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Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Awards

The Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Awards recognize up to six individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence in one of the following areas:

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Team recipients (a group of two to ten individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $3,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Key criteria: Client service; community engagement; innovation; sustainability

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations
  • Staff employees (e.g. MAC, CUPE 233 or OPSEU) with at least two years of service, employed on a career or term basis. RFA members and associate members are not eligible for these awards.
  • Individuals can only be nominated for one individual award per year. 
  • Nominations are only valid for the year in which they are submitted and must be based on achievements within the past year.
  • Employees who receive this award may not receive the same award for the following two academic years.
Who can submit a nomination?
  • Faculty, staff or students can submit nominations.
    • Students should contact the Dean or Senior Director’s Office for assistance in submitting a nomination.
    • Please contact the award administrator if you have more than one nominator.
Award criteria

The award recognizes extraordinary contributions in one of the following areas:

  • Client service – provides exceptional client service that is professional, client-focused and collaborative beyond the position’s basic responsibility.
  • Community engagement – creates and maintains opportunities for collaboration and engagement with the surrounding community and/or within Ryerson’s community that have a positive social, civic, cultural, or environmental impact, and supports values of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Innovation – challenges the status quo with new solutions and applies new ways of thinking that positively transform the campus and community. These solutions may be new systems, technologies, products, programs, or policies that tackle process, social, cultural, civic, or health and safety issues. This person or team is an intrapreneur who looks for a better way of doing their job.
  • Sustainability – contributes toward an economic, social and/or environmentally sustainable initiative by developing a new solution, engaging people, or collaborating with groups on or off campus.
Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee's permission.
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition website.
  4. Nominee receives confirmation email with link to provide online consent before the deadline. This step must be completed before the deadline.
Nomination package

Nominations must be submitted under one award category (Client Service, Community Engagement, Innovation or Sustainability). A completed nomination includes:

  • Citation (100 word maximum) – Highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communications if the nominee or team is selected.
  • Supporting Statement (two page maximum) – Describe the nominee’s achievements and impact by putting forward a persuasive argument that speaks explicitly and directly to the criterion. For team nominations, briefly describe each team member’s specific contribution.
  • Minimum of two and no more than five Letters of Support (one page maximum each). Provide examples related to the criteria of why the nominee should receive the award. Letters should reflect the broadness of the nominee’s contributions. Note: support letters cannot be written by the nominator or members of the Executive or Selection Committee.
  • Supporting Materials (three page maximum) – Include description of initiatives, examples of work or results, etc.

Visit Tips for Preparing a Strong Nomination Package for more assistance.

Team Nomination Instructions:

  • Teams must have between two and ten individuals. Please contact the award administrator if your team has more than ten individuals.
  • Submit the nomination under the team lead's name. If there is no team lead, select one team member's name.
  • Preference will be given to cross-disciplinary teams.
Selection process

The selection committee’s mandate is to select high-quality candidates, whose achievements meet or exceed the award criteria and help advance Ryerson’s values. Members (or their delegates) include:

  • Vice-President, Administration and Finance (Chair)
  • Provost and Vice-President, Academic
  • Assistant Vice-President, University Relations
  • Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
  • Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Vice-Provost, Students
  • a Dean – one representative

All nominations are reviewed, with priority consideration given to nominees who have not received a Ryerson award in the past. The committee also considers a diversity of recipients in making its determinations.

An award will not be given if the committee determines there is no suitable candidate.

Important dates

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: December 22
Award presentation: Ryerson Awards Night

Contact

Emily Pomeroy, Recognition Project Lead at epomeroy@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 6250

Calendar

Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at:

Ryerson Awards Night

For questions or more information regarding this award please contact:

Emily Pomeroy
Recognition Project Lead
epomeroy@ryerson.ca
416-979-5000, ext. 6250