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Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Award Recipients

The Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Award is in recognition of Julia Hanigsberg, former vice-president, administration and finance. This award recognizes up to six individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence 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.

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

2021 recipients

Lyn-Marie Farley

Student Affairs

In an academic year that has been defined by the impact of COVID-19 on the way in which we deliver course material, out-of-classroom experiences, and build community in an online environment, Lyn Marie Farley has been a steady and supportive resource for our 4,624 international students at Ryerson. Lyn is committed to providing excellent client service to our students and creatively combines this with a passion for ensuring our students receive effective personal, professional and academic development. Lyn’s leadership has been instrumental to the retention, as well as the academic and personal success of our growing international student population.

Elzbieta Hyatt

University Planning

Elzbieta (Ella) Hyatt is most deserving of recognition for her important leadership in building an inclusive, supportive, engaged and safe community of 150+ students, faculty and staff within the Ryerson MaRS Research Facility. Her contributions have led to building capacity, such as for student and staff expertise development, for cutting-edge research infrastructure, and for expanding research by members of this community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Ella’s leadership created a sense of shared responsibility within this community that critically ensures health and safety while conducting research with diverse biohazardous agents, essential for a culture of well-being within this community.

Kevin Liu

Faculty of Science

Kevin Liu, Technologist with the Department of Physics, is an employee of exceptional talent and dedication, whose initiative and innovative contributions to his Department and the University through the last year merit gratitude and recognition. Exceeding his primary role supporting the delivery of Physics teaching labs, Kevin went to great effort this year developing novel physics simulations critical in our shift to online teaching labs, constructing a radiation-safe equipment enclosure critical in launching new biomedical physics research, and 3D printing hundreds of face-shields critically needed by our front-line healthcare workers. One cannot overlook Kevin Liu’s exceptional contributions to Ryerson’s success!

Sean Sedlezky

Ted Rogers School of Management

Sean Sedlezky is the Manager, Program Design for the Retail Management School (TRSM). He is also the CE coordinator for the Retail Program. Sean has had a footprint within the Ryerson community for 19 years. Recently, he has led and negotiated the JDA license renewal valued at 7 million USD. This relationship has led to several internship opportunities and certification opportunities. He co-developed proposal for eCampus Ontario to develop a digital textbook. During the COVID-19 transition, he has quickly mobilized the MBA faculty to prepare high quality, engaging courses virtually. Overall, Sean has expanded partnership to benefit student and faculty.

Campus Core Revitalization Project Team

  • Matthew Baker, University Relations
  • Nicolas De Salaberry, Facilities Management and Development
  • Victoria Lee, Facilities Management and Development
  • Edward Johnson (Jay) Martin, Facilities Management and Development
  • Jule Mycan, Facilities Management and Development
  • Charmian Zoll, Administration and Operations Communications and Facilities Management and Development

In ordinary times the Campus Core Revitalization project would be considered an exceptionally complex project. Add in record cold, major emergency City repairs, and COVID-19 and it is astounding that the project team of Jay Martin, Jule Mycan, Victoria Lee, Nic De Salaberry, Charmian Zoll and Matt Baker were able to successfully complete the project on time and on budget. From the outset the team embodied a spirit of partnership to ensure community engagement. Throughout they provided exceptional client service and supported Ryerson's commitment to sustainability and innovation. Their efforts have transformed the University campus for all.

Department of Chemistry and Biology Technical Staff (RALE Development) Team

  • Saif Al Alul, Faculty of Science
  • Miriam de Jong, Faculty of Science
  • Robert Denning, Faculty of Science
  • Angelica Florentinus-Mefailoski, Faculty of Science
  • Shawn McFadden, Faculty of Science
  • Karen Puddephatt, Faculty of Science
  • Liberty Victorio-Walz, Faculty of Science
  • Wei Zhang, Faculty of Science

The Chemistry and Biology technical staff are being nominated for their dedication in creating the online Ryerson Augmented Learning Experience (RALE) in response to the Covid-19 Crisis. The creation of the RALE interface required the team to develop skills that go beyond their job descriptions in order to provide our students with a series of video and Augmented Reality learning experiences in place of the undergraduate labs required for their programs. Thanks to this team, Ryerson has the only Chemistry and Biology programs in the country that are using in-house developed AR experiences as an alternative to our laboratory experiments.

UA Employee Engagement Task Force

  • Rachel Falzon, University Advancement
  • Claudia Hughes, University Advancement
  • Florence James, University Advancement
  • Rudo Mataure, University Advancement
  • Natasha Ramnath, University Relations
  • Meherab Saher, University Advancement
  • Katarzyna Stec, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Angela Steinmann, University Advancement
  • Jae Yang, University Advancement

The UA Employee Engagement Task Force strengthens employee engagement. Volunteers from different units in University Advancement came together to create opportunities for professional development, team building, and enhanced wellbeing. Launched as UA Colleague, it has become a lifeline for team cohesion, especially in the new remote work setting. Led by the EETF team, UA Colleague hosts a variety of events, professional development sessions, and provides a platform for colleagues to get to know each other better. The team’s work to create community and take employee satisfaction seriously has resulted in a marked improvement in morale across University Advancement.

Get Ryerson Ready Team

  • Andrew Bisnauth, Student Affairs
  • Casey Dorrell, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Meera Govindasam, Student Affairs
  • Michelle Green, Office of the Registrar
  • Juannittah Kamera, Student Wellbeing
  • Deidre Lam, Student Affairs
  • Kathryn Maksym, Athletics and Recreation
  • Ann Wilkin, Student Affairs

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on incoming students’ transition to Ryerson University, a dedicated cross-departmental team was convened to create an online preparatory program. In just two months, while still performing their regular job functions in the new online environment, the Get Ryerson Ready team researched, developed, designed, and implemented a robust, innovative, multi-disciplinary transition curriculum to support the success and well-being of the incoming class of 2020. The program helped Ryerson students feel more prepared, confident, and clear about academic expectations and less nervous about attending online lectures, comprehending course material, and accessing student and academic supports.

Past recipients

  • Michelle Hounslow
    University Advancement
  • Stephanie Jakubowicz
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) Development Team
    • Danny Baltazar, Facilities Management and Development
    • Ryann Campbell, Facilities Management and Development
    • Kevin Davies, Computing and Communications Services
    • Nicolas De Salaberry, Facilities Management and Development
    • Loudanski Gumbs, Community Safety & Security
    • Jean-Francois Landry, Facilities Management and Development
    • David Lester, Computing and Communications Services
    • Shane Penney, Computing and Communications Services
    • Grant Te Brugge, Facilities Management and Development
  • Library Circulation Team
    • Joseph Boissonneau, Library and Archives
    • Michelle Chen, Library and Archives
    • Barbara Dajnowiec, Library and Archives
    • Jennifer Ellis, Library and Archives
    • Venugopal Gudivada, Library and Archives
    • Flora Hon, Library and Archives
    • Abraham Kassa, Library and Archives
    • Marisa Nunes, Library and Archives
    • Jeanine Orleans, Library and Archives
    • Kevin Tan, Library and Archives
  • Marketing and Creative Services
    • Cristina Blesa, University Relations
    • Nik Firka, University Relations
    • Derek Flack, University Relations
    • Michael Lund, University Relations
    • James Wentzell, University Relations
  • Road Salt Reduction Demonstration
    • Mario Aquino, Facilities Management and Development
    • Daniel Batko, Facilities Management and Development
    • Joey DeMelo, Facilities Management and Development
    • Kieran McCully, Facilities Management and Development
    • Dawn McLean, Facilities Management and Development
    • Angela Murphy, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science
    • Claire Oswald, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
    • Todd Palmatier, Facilities Management and Development
    • Sharmilla Raj, Facilities Management and Development
    • Guillermo Torres, Facilities Management and Development
    • James Trimble, Facilities Management and Development
  • Staff Voluntary Retirement Incentive
    • Carey Barker, Human Resources
    • Jan Neiman, Human Resources
    • Emily Pomeroy, Human Resources
  • Student Financial Assistance
    • Irene Chiriboga, Office of the Registrar
    • Winnie Fung, Office of the Registrar
    • Gracie Gauci, Office of the Registrar
    • Min (Mary) Liu, Office of the Registrar
    • Kathryn Macmillan, Office of the Registrar
    • Bianca Marryshow, Office of the Registrar
    • Natasha Matthews, Office of the Registrar
    • Christine Micallef, Office of the Registrar
    • Steven Nguyen, Office of the Registrar
    • Michelle Robertson, Office of the Registrar
    • Brett Taylor, Office of the Registrar
    • Jasmine Visto, Office of the Registrar
    • Nelane Yamunarasan, Office of the Registrar
  • Marcelle Mullings
    Office of the Vice-Provost, Students
  • Janice Pinto
    Spanning the Gaps, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Brian Withers
    RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Ceremonials Office Team
  • #RoadtoRyerson Orientation Leadership Team
  • Union/Management Teams for 2018 CUPE 233 Collective Agreement Renewal
  • The White Privilege Conference Operations Planning Group
  • Jennifer Barcelona
    Student Affairs
  • Nene Brode
    Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Maria Burgos
    Faculty of Community Services
  • Marilou Cruz
    The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Carson Pun
    Faculty of Arts
  • Nursing Course Relocation Team
  • Marietta Canlas
    School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Loudanski Gumbs
    Security Services, Integrated Risk Management
  • Arlene Throness
    Food Services, University Business Services
  • Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge Team
  • Take Our Kids to Work Day Team
  • University Undergraduate Calendar Project Team
  • Your Neighbour Program Team